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					Heritage Emergency National Task Force Upper Midwest Flooding Reports Spring 2009
Date Submitted 4/21/09 Report Type Request for assistance State North Dakota City Valley City Report/Request Contact for More Information Source of Information AASLH-Small Museums Listserve Info Current as of: 4/21/09 Person Submitting Information: Cindy Thompson, Heritage Preservation

The Barnes County Historical Society in Valley City, North bchistoricalsociety@hot Dakota recieved about an inch of contaminated water in mail.com their basement after flooding on the Sheyenne River compromised the Valley City sewage system. Plumbers were able to get in and stop the flooding within a few hours, and a local restoration/cleaning company spent about two days removing the water and disinfecting the site. Fortunately, no artifacts were lost in the flooding, but the museum still needs assistance with clean-up efforts. The city of Valley City remains without an operating sewage system until the flood levels recede and it can be repaired.

4/7/09

Status

North Dakota

Stanton

Knife River Indian Villages reports heavy riverbank erosion and potential loss of in situ cultural resources. A section of the road leading to the park washed out last week. The Midwest Regional Office, Cultural Resources Division staff and Midwest Archeological Center (MWAC, Lincoln, NE) archeologists are receiving daily calls from the park. When conditions improve MWAC plans to send a crew to KNRI to assess the damage. The good news is the Big Hidatsa site remains out of harm's way at this time. As of yesterday, Fort Union reported no flood damage but gigantic ice floes continue to thrust and scour the banks. They are keeping a close eye on the Missouri and Big Muddy drainage.

Park Superintendent

4/7/09

Carolyn Wallingford

3/27/09 3/27/09

Status Status

North Dakota North Dakota

Fargo Grand Forks

The archives collection at North Dakota State University in Fargo is safe. The archives collection of the University of North Dakota is safe.

3/26/09 3/26/09

Ann Jenks, North Dakota State Archivist Ann Jenks, North Dakota State Archivist

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Heritage Emergency National Task Force Upper Midwest Flooding Reports Spring 2009
3/27/09 Status North Dakota Bismarck The Historical Society of North Dakota, located in Bismarck, is far from the Missouri River and much higher than the floodplain. The Historical Society is home to the State Archives, Museum, and Historic Preservation Office. from website: http://www.inforum.com/even t/article/id/235411/ 3/26/09 Ann Jenks, North Dakota State Archivist

3/27/09

Status

North Dakota

Fargo Just passing on a status report found on line: "The Plains Art Museum will be closed until at least Tuesday because of the flood situation. The museum has executed its contingency plan for safeguarding the art under its care. All events scheduled to take place at the Museum before Tuesday will need to be rescheduled." from website: http://www.inforum.com/event/article/id/235411/ I did not see any information about closings or collectiosn status on the major Fargo museum websites.

3/27/09

Eric Pourchot, American Institute for Conservation

3/27/09

Status

Minnesota

Moorhead

The Moorhead Library/Regional Office are closed today/tomorrow. The basement (Regional Office) is staying dry. I was ready to close down the whole region yesterday but the Hub Supervisors didn't want to since parts of the 7county region are not impacted. It's mainly Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding area where the water is headed and everyone is bracing for a record flood level.

Kathy Fredette, fredettek@larl.org

Kathy Fredette, Director, Lake Agassiz Regional Library, via Bob Herskovitz, Minnesota Historical Society

3/26/09

Cindy Thompson

3/27/09

Status

Minnesota

Bagley, Detroit Lakes, Fosston, Mahnomen

No problems to the east - Bagley, Detroit Lakes, Fosston, Mahnomen - are open. Mary Haney, DL Hub Supervisor, said the DL Library is getting new carpeting and carpet layers worked yesterday - hope to be done tomorrow. Going north, Climax, Crookston and McIntosh are closed today. Will re-evaluate later today how things are going in those areas.

Kathy Fredette, fredettek@larl.org

Kathy Fredette, Director, Lake Agassiz Regional Library, via Bob Herskovitz, Minnesota Historical Society Kathy Fredette, Director, Lake Agassiz Regional Library, via Bob Herskovitz, Minnesota Historical Society

3/26/09

Cindy Thompson

3/27/09

Status

Minnesota

Climax, Crookston, McIntosh

Kathy Fredette, fredettek@larl.org

3/26/09

Cindy Thompson

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Heritage Emergency National Task Force Upper Midwest Flooding Reports Spring 2009
3/27/09 Status Minnesota Breckenridge, Barnesville, and Hawley To the south, things seem to be holding in Breckenridge where the school district and Breckenridge Library are open after being closed two days. Barnesville and Hawley are also open today. Kathy Fredette, fredettek@larl.org Kathy Fredette, Director, Lake Agassiz Regional Library, via Bob Herskovitz, Minnesota Historical Society 3/26/09 Cindy Thompson

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