ND min security prison near Mo River evacuated

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota minimum security prison near the Missouri River has been evacuated because of rising flood waters.

More than 130 inmates at the Missouri River Correctional Center are now being housed in a gymnasium at a state juvenile corrections facility in neighboring Mandan.

North Dakota corrections director Leann Bertsch said Tuesday the adult inmates and the juveniles won't come into contact with each other.

Bertsch says the inmates have worked hard to build sandbag dikes around the Missouri River Correctional Center's buildings. She says they've also filled at least 20,000 sandbags for community use.

Bertsch says most inmates won't get time off their sentences for doing the sandbagging work. She says she's proud they are willing to help in the flood fight in Bismarck and Mandan.