Mar 20, 2010

Will the Clausen Spring Dam save Kathryn, North Dakota?

One year ago authorities went door to door warning the 55 residents of the town of Kathryn to evacuate as water carved through a nearby dam.

This year this tiny North Dakota town is facing the possibility of having to evacuate again because of flooding.

Fueled by runoff from a winter of heavy snow, water is swiftly rising behind the Clausen Springs Dam.

Kathryn's main street is shown above.

Kathryn's 55 citizens are frustrated that nothing has been done to repair or replace the damaged dam that threatens to break and inundate this blink-and-you-miss-it community, about 60 miles southwest of the state's biggest city of Fargo.

Kathryn's residents have good reason to be frustrated.

Last year $3 million was scraped together to replace the battered dam. Maybe the funding came too late but for whatever the reason, it hasn't been done and now there is a 50-50 chance the town could be flooded.