Snow melt, flooding causes issues at Oceti Sakowin DAPL protest camp

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MORTON COUNTY, N.D. - Pipeline protesters had been warned that they were staying in a dangerous spot, and they eventually abandoned the Oceti Sakowin camp in southern Morton County. And now we're seeing the effects of the warm up.

The ice and snow has started to melt and it's turning into water and mud and that's causing some problems for people staying at the camp.

The last few days have brought a change in temperature and it's causing changes at the Dakota Access protest camps.

"It's flooding. They're beds are actually flooding, so just helping people move out, people are going up the hill," said Mimi Salvador, Protester.

Some lower portions of the camp are covered in up to 5 inches of water. That means some challenges for cleanup crews, but in some cases it's made things easier.

"It's easier to get some of the structures up because they were iced down and they're starting to come up a little easier," said Hans Youngbird Bradley, cleanup coordinator.

Despite all of the ice melt and the camp being covered in water and mud construction crews insist they've made a lot of progress some telling us even close to 50 percent of the trash. But there is still a lot of work that needs to be done.

"There's so much movement with the warmer weather. Everybody's, you know, really doing a lot, so it's coming a long real good," said Bradley.

Law enforcement officials are less certain. Some cited the ice melt as reason to believe the timeline has been accelerated for the camp to be completely flooded.

Cleanup crews are confident that the waste out of the camp by the Feb. 22 deadline