Souris River crests at Minot

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service says the Souris River at Minot crested one day earlier and a foot lower than predicted.

Meteorologist Joshua Scheck said the river crested at 1,554 feet above sea level at about 1 a.m. Thursday. He said the river had fallen about another 6 inches by Thursday afternoon.

The weather service had predicted a crest of 1,555 feet late Thursday or early Friday.

Mayor Curt Zimbelman had ordered the evacuation of about 10,000 residents Tuesday after the weather service bumped its crest predictions beyond the level which existing earthen dikes could handle. Officials worked to raise the dikes to 1,558 feet, or about 4 feet higher than the actual crest.