Minot braces for river surge over next 2 days

Associated Press

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The City Council president in Minot says the city has done what it can to prepare for an expected surge of Souris River water in the next two days.

The river is expected to reach a record level in Minot because of heavy spring snowmelt and rain in both the U.S. and Canada. Flooding has begun in the city and the river is expected to rise about 5 feet by the end of the day.

Frantsvog says the surge is expected to begin about midafternoon. He says, "Today and tomorrow are going to be big days for us."

Frantsvog says crews continue working on dikes, and preparation has included "what if" scenarios — in his words, "If the water comes faster, the water comes higher, the water comes sooner."