Conrad, Hoeven & Berg en route to flood-ravaged Minot

FARGO – North Dakota’s congressional delegation is traveling to Minot at this hour to meet with community leaders, assist authorities and assess the initial impacts of the ongoing flood emergency in the city of nearly 41,000.

Sen. Kent Conrad (D) | Sen. John Hoeven (R) | Rep. Rick Berg (R)

Sens. Kent Conrad (D) and John Hoeven (R) and Rep. Rick Berg (R) will arrive in Minot this evening – and their first stop will be to visit with residents displaced by flooding along the Souris River.

More than 11,000 residents were initially evacuated Wednesday as floodwaters overtopped the levees, and more residents were told to leave their homes today after federal officials revised their crest prediction for the river.

According to a joint statement from the delegation, North Dakota’s federal lawmakers plan to visit with evacuees staying at The Dome at Minot State University at about 8:30 p.m. tonight.

Tomorrow morning, the men will attend a briefing with city, state and federal leaders at City Hall before going on an aerial tour to survey the flood that’s inundating Minot and surrounding rural communities.

At 1 p.m. Friday, Conrad, Hoeven and Berg will host a conference call to brief Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano about the Minot flood fight. The details of that conversation will be discussed at a press conference afterward.