Missouri's expected Bismarck peak drops 1 foot

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The Missouri River's expected peak in Bismarck and Mandan should be a foot below earlier forecasts.

North Dakota National Guard commander David Sprynczynatyk (SPRIN'-suh-NAH'-tik) says Tuesday the river's crest should settle between 19 feet and 19.5 feet.

A levee system that's been built to protect Bismarck and Mandan anticipated a river crest of 20.6 feet. The river was at about 17 feet at midday Monday.

Sprynczynatyk says the crest will come within the next few weeks.

The Army Corps of Engineers wants to release 150,000 cubic feet per second of water from the Garrison Dam later this month. The flow has been 120,000 cubic feet per second.

State Water Commission chief engineer Todd Sando says the river's higher flows are creating a wider and deeper channel.