Minot preparing for new Souris River high

Associated Press

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The Souris River is expected to reach a new spring high in Minot this week, and Mayor Curt Zimbelman is advising people in danger zones to prepare to evacuate.

The Minot Daily News reports that the river is expected to reach 1,555.1 feet by midweek. That's one foot higher than the first crest in Minot on June 1 of 1,554.07 feet. Officials plan to raise dikes.

Heavy rain in Canada last week is pushing up the level of the river that loops down through north central North Dakota. There also is rain in the state forecast. The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for much of North Dakota through Tuesday.

About 10,000 Minot residents were evacuated before the first crest. They've since been allowed back into their homes.