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Minot, North Dakota Flooding Shatters 130-Year-Old Record; Souris River Still Rising

June 25, 2011

Full Article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/24/minot-north-dakota-flooding-2011-record_n_884240.html

By DAVE KOLPACK

The Souris River’s full weight hit Minot on Friday, swamping an estimated 2,500 homes as it soared nearly 4 feet in less than a day and overwhelmed the city’s levees. City officials said they expected as many as 4,500 homes to be severely damaged by the time the river peaks Saturday.

More than a quarter of the city’s 40,000 residents evacuated earlier this week, packing any belongings they hoped to save into cars, trucks and trailers.

“The river’s coming up rapidly,” Mayor Curt Zimbelman said. “It’s dangerous and we need to stay away.”

Fed by heavy rains upstream and dam releases that have accelerated in recent days, the Souris surged past a 130-year-old record Friday and kept going. The river was more than 5 feet above major flood stage Friday afternoon and expected to crest as early as Saturday evening some 8 1/2 feet beyond major flood stage.

Full Article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/06/24/minot-north-dakota-flooding-2011-record_n_884240.html

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