Bismarck "ready" for higher Missouri River

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — More Missouri River water will be flowing toward Bismarck and Mandan, and officials say both cities will be ready.

Bismarck public works director Jeff Heintz (hyntz) and Mandan Mayor Tim Helbling (HEL'-bling) say dike projects to protect both cities against the higher flows should be finished by the weekend.

North Dakota Sen. Kent Conrad says Army Corps of Engineers district commander Robert Ruch (rook) is coming to Bismarck on Thursday to personally inspect the newly built dikes.

Water releases from the Garrison Dam are scheduled to rise from 85,000 cubic feet per second to 120,000 cubic feet per second on Sunday.

The corps is planning to eventually increase the releases to 150,000 cubic feet per second.

On Wednesday the river was just below flood stage.