Flood evac delayed on Bismarck neighborhoods

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A mandatory evacuation of some Bismarck neighborhoods next to the Missouri River has been delayed.

Bismarck Police Chief Keith Witt says things appeared stable Sunday in the Southport and Whispering Bay areas. Both are near the Missouri's east bank in southwestern Bismarck. They include several dozen homes.

The Missouri River was at 17.3 feet at Bismarck on Sunday. Flood stage is 16 feet.

The Army Corps of Engineers said it will increase water releases from the Garrison Dam by 4 percent on Monday.

The river dam forms Lake Sakakawea about 75 miles northwest of Bismarck. The corps is letting more water out of the lake because it's almost full.

Bismarck Mayor John Warford says Sunday the cities of Bismarck and Mandan are prepared for a "marathon" with the river.