Sawyer residents leave homes as Souris rises

Associated Press

SAWYER, N.D. (AP) — Residents of the small North Dakota town of Sawyer have left their homes and workers are adding five feet to a dike protecting the community as the Souris River continues to rise.

The National Weather Service says the river is expected to rise seven feet above flood stage by Tuesday. At that level water would overtop the emergency dike. Mayor Cy Kotaska tells the Minot Daily News that the new dike height should keep water from the evacuated homes.

Resident Debbie Hartung says her basement has been taking on water since April. She says black mold is becoming a problem.

Sawyer is about 15 miles southeast of Minot, where record flooding also is forecast.