One year ago today, thousands of people living near the Mouse River in North Dakota were packing up and moving out.
In Minot, the daily press conference had more bad news - water releases from Lake Darling would be even higher than earlier thought.
And, while we had been given a deadline of June 22nd in the evening to get out, we were told to be ready to end our evacuation efforts immediately if civil defense sirens were sounded.
Gen. David Sprynczynatyk, ND National Guard) ""
While many people continued the effort to save their personal property, some were dealing with flood waters already on June 21st, 2011.
That included Terracita Vallejo where water was rushing in as people tried to get their things out...and this home near Souris Valley Golf Course.
And on the evening of June 21st - one year ago today - Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman was being advised by flood experts that he should order everyone out of the evacuation zones immediately - a full day before the original deadline.
(Curt Zimbelman, Minot Mayor) ""
As evening turned to night on the 21st, the frantic effort continued to finish emergency dikes - including the secondary dike that could save hundreds of homes from flood water in the northeast part of town.
It was all happening one year ago today - June 21, 2011.