North Dakota Scrambles to Fight Flood
Souris river to rise to 1,564 feet
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 24, 2011 10:24 AM CDT
A home is nearly submerged by flood waters from the Souris River Thursday, June 23, 2011 in Minot, ND.   (AP Photo/The Grand Forks Herald, Christian Randolph)
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(Newser) – With the Souris River expected to reach record heights, Minot, North Dakota, is scrambling to finish dikes protecting the one bridge still connecting the two halves of the city, the Jamestown Sun reports—and Mayor Curt Zimbelman doesn't think they're going to make it. "Work will continue until we can no longer hold back the water," he says.

Waters are already high, and the estimate for where they'll crest has shot from 1,555 feet at the start of the week to 1,564.5 feet in the latest estimate—a staggering increase that would cause the area's worst flood ever, passing a high set in 1881. Even residents who live outside the evacuation zone are now being advised to move prized belongings to the second floor.
 

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