Minot preparing for new Souris River high

Associated Press

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Officials on Monday were once again working to raise dikes in Minot, with the Souris River expected to reach a new spring high in the city.

The National Weather Service projected the river to crest at 1,555.1 feet above sea level by midweek, one foot higher than the first crest in Minot on June 1 of 1,554.07 feet. About 10,000 Minot residents were evacuated before the first crest. They have since been allowed back into their homes but cautioned to be ready to leave quickly.

"We're moving an ocean through this city, and it's going to be here for a while," Minot Public Works Director Alan Walter told KVLY-TV.

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

Mayor Curt Zimbelman advised people in danger zones to be ready to evacuate, the Minot Daily News reported in a story published Monday.

"We are in a very difficult time ... evacuations may be needed again," he said.

Jerome Gruenberg, mayor in nearby Burlington, issued a similar warning.

River flows through Minot by midweek were expected to be at 9,700 cubic feet per second. Rick Hauck, levee safety program manager for the Army Corps of Engineers, said dikes would be built up to handle 11,000.