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Published June 03, 2011, 08:10 AM

Washburn area braces for Missouri River flooding

WASHBURN, N.D. (AP) — McLean County officials are telling people in homes south of Washburn and cabins along the Missouri River to leave, as the river swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continues to rise. More than 40 homes are affected.

WASHBURN, N.D. (AP) — McLean County officials are telling people in homes south of Washburn and cabins along the Missouri River to leave, as the river swollen by heavy rain and melting snow continues to rise. More than 40 homes are affected.

The Bismarck Tribune reports that campers also have been evacuated from the Western North Dakota 4-H Camp near Washburn.

The Fort Mandan Historic Site near Washburn also is being threatened by floodwaters. Lewis and Clark Fort Mandan Foundation staff and volunteers have been working since Tuesday building a levee around the visitor center. Workers inside have been moving things including exhibit items to higher ground.

The fort is a reconstruction of the one built by explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark.

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