Many residents comply with evacuation in Valley City
VALLEY CITY, N.D. - Valley City Police Chief Dean Ross said many people seem to be complying with an evacuation advisory that asks vulnerable people and those in the floodplain to leave by 6 p.m. today.
Ross said he's seen a few X's on doors and has noticed many people packing and making arrangements to leave.
During a 9 a.m. meeting, Valley City officials said the sanitary sewer station is operating at maximum capacity and asked people to conserve water.
The Red Cross shelter at the Eagles Club in Valley City is moving to the Oriska, N.D., school today.
Valley City Mayor Mary Lee Nielson urged evacuees to leave town if possible rather than staying with other people in Valley City to ease pressure on the sewer system.
The mood during the meeting was light-hearted after a quiet night in the city.
Rich Schueneman, resource manager with the Army Corps of Engineers, delivered some good news. He said the releases from Baldhill Dam will be held to 6,500 cubic feet per second today and Thursday, and possibly increase to 7,000 cfs on Friday. The corps had initially planned to increase the discharge to 7,000 cfs on Thursday.
Valley City State University plans to make an announcement today about what's left of its school year.
Valley City public schools will announce plans for next week on Friday afternoon.