There is an emergency in Minot, North Dakota right now, along with several communities along the Souris River - for travel information, contact the Minot Convention and Visitors Bureau. Statewide flood information is available along with travel information from North Dakota's travel counselors [1-800-435-5663].
Actor Josh Duhamel offers support for his hometown
Concern and support for Minot has been flowing in faster than the Souris, including from Transformers 3 Actor Josh Duhamel who called Minot this morning from Moscow (where he is promoting the new movie). He also told Entertainment Tonight about how people can donate to the Red Cross efforts in Minot. How very cool and respectable that this Hollywood Star has such deep North Dakota roots. Be sure follow Duhamel on Facebook and Twitter. Watch his call-in with this YouTube clip and his ET interview.
I also found the words written on the Visit Minot blog yesterday to be provoking and inspirational:
Minot is facing one of the most devastating floods the city has ever seen ... The community has come together to help family, friends, neighbors, coworkers, and in some cases perfect strangers ... We know there is going to be along road ahead of us ... But there is no doubt we will make it through this ... All it will take is a little Magic.
For travelers wondering about Minot here's a snapshot of closures:
- Many hotels and restaurants are open
- The Roosevelt Park Zoo is closed
- Officials are not currently cancelling the North Dakota State Fair
Additional flood news
While the Souris River makes national headlines in Minot, the Missouri River continues to create additional news throughout the country. Here in North Dakota, the water level along the Missouri River is stable. Our friends in Williston report that the swollen river has given Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site a historically authentic experience - as it would have appeared during the times of fur trade. All visitor experiences are open in Williston.
Lake Sakakawea is certainly at an all-time height. Water temperatures are rising and reports are trickling in that the walleye bite is warming up as well. All resorts, campgrounds and boat ramps are open on the big lake. Check road reports for closures and construction news.
In Washburn, the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center is open, but there are no tours at historic Fort Mandan. And across the river near Stanton, Knife River Indian Villages National Historic Site is also open.
Bismarck-Mandan does have closures at campgrounds and marinas. There are some road closures and traffic limitations. Visitors should know that all shopping, dining and most attractions are open including Raging Rivers Waterpark, the Heritage Center, Custer House at Fort Abraham Lincoln State Park and many more. Softball players and their families coming to the Capitol City this weekend for the McQuade's tournament will have only a few road construction detours to worry about. The Bismarck Marathon, which will take place September 17, will have a new route.
While there is a no-wake zone along the Missouri River to the headwaters of Lake Oahe (just south of Bismarck-Mandan), fishing continues with many access points in this giant lake.
Along the Little Missouri River - all visitor centers and scenic drives in both the North Unit and South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park are open (and spectacular). Campgrounds have re-opened in the park and in Medora - where the famed Medora Musical and Pitchfork Fondue are being offered nightly (through September 10) and all visitor services are open. Bully Pulpit Golf Course has 9 holes open and playable.
And in Devils Lake, there is some road construction and road closures due to the mystifying lake - Fort Totten State Historic Site is open, Sullys Hill National Game Preserve is open upon appointment, the Spirit Lake Casino is open as well as all visitor services in Devils Lake and numerous boat ramps. Don't forget to visit the Lake Region Heritage Center Museum - it's a gem!
While news in Minot, Bismarck, Medora and other cities flood-affected have created a lot of concern - we'd like to also note that adventurous, fun and memorable experiences await you throughout North Dakota. We have thousands of events, historical sites, museums, nature areas and so much more. A favorite of mine - the F-M RedHawks are at home in Fargo this weekend. Our guests love North Dakota - read their stories at www.RULegendary.com - and then come back and share your own!