Next few days crucial for Mo River flooding

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Water releases from the Garrison Dam are peaking, and Bismarck Mayor John Warford says the next few days are crucial in discovering the water's impact on Bismarck and Mandan.

A temporary dike system that protects the two cities was built to hold back 20.6 feet of water. Early Monday, the river was at 18.8 feet at Bismarck, with dam water releases of 152,000 cubic feet per second.

Warford says he's optimistic that the river crest will come in below what officials had been expecting at first.

Army Corps of Engineers spokesman Mark Clark says the agency doesn't have any plans now to increase the Garrison Dam's water releases beyond 150,000 cubic feet per second.