Guard spokesman says Minot water visibly receding

Associated Press

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — A National Guard spokesman says the receding of the Souris River in Minot is becoming more noticeable.

Sgt. 1st Class David Dodds said early Tuesday that at the point he monitors the water is down at least a foot. The National Weather Service forecast estimates that by Wednesday the river could be down about 2 feet from the record crest on Sunday.

Dodds says the situation is visibly improving but a lot of reference points remain under water. He says once he sees those, "I'll know things are really clicking."

Dodds says there's still concern in downstream communities like Velva and Sawyer. He says the Guard is determining whether it can help with flooding near Towner that has closed U.S. Highway 2, the main east-west route in northern North Dakota.