Wednesday, June 22, 2011

North Dakota mayor: Water to top dikes within hour

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Water from the Souris River is expected to start pouring over dikes protecting the North Dakota city of Minot within the hour, the mayor said Wednesday morning. Mayor Curt Zimbelman, speaking by telephone to KXMC television, said there are several areas along the levees where officials aren't sure they control the dikes. Officials will sound the city's sirens when water starts overtopping the levees, and he said that's imminent. Zimbelman made the announcement "so people really do their last-minute thing and be prepared to move quickly," he told the station. The National Weather Service in Bismarck on Wednesday morning issued a flash flood warning along the Souris River from Burlington through Minot and Logan to Sawyer. The Weather Service said that means that flash flooding is occurring or imminent and it urged residents to move to higher ground.


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