Flood fears rise for pipeline protest camp
January 12, 2017
CANNON BALL, N.D.—The anti-Dakota Access Pipeline protest encampment is situated in the bull's-eye for a potentially severe spring flood. As snowfall totals mount, state officials are dialing up their warnings.
Bismarck has never recorded higher year-to-date snowfall at 57.3 inches and the State Water Commission, through the state's Joint Information Center, reports the situation means "a significant safety risk to people and property at that location."
The Oceti Sakowin main encampment is located on the flood plain where the Cannonball River and Cantapeta Creek meet the Missouri River/Lake Oahe.