Flooding prep for Bismarck, Mandan appears solid

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota officials say Monday that dike protection against the flooding Missouri River appears solid in Bismarck and Mandan.

The river is rising slowly as more water is released into the Missouri from the Garrison Dam.

State Water Commission chief engineer Todd Sando says the river's current flows were expected to make it rise to more than 19 feet. Instead it's about 17.4 feet high. Flood stage is 16 feet.

Gov. Jack Dalrymple, Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Rick Berg toured flood protection dikes in Bismarck and Mandan on Monday.

Dalrymple says the key in future days will be to monitor the earthen dikes to quickly spot any problems.

National Guard Commander David Sprynczynatyk says about 15 miles of levees have been built to protect Bismarck and Mandan.