Sirens Sound As Souris River in North Dakota City Tops Levees

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  Published June 22, 2011 | Associated Press

Flooding north dakota The Souris River passes near a home Tuesday, June 21, 2011, in Minot, N.D. About 11,000 Minot residents are being ordered to leave their homes even earlier than expected this week as the river gets closer to swamping the North Dakota city with the worst flooding in four decades, officials said Tuesday.
DEVELOPING: Sirens in the North Dakota city of Minot are sounding to warn that the Souris River has begun to overtop levees earlier than anticipated. The warning came five hours ahead of a looming deadline for nearly 11,000 residents to evacuate their homes for a second time in a month. Water from the Souris River, which loops down from Canada through north central North Dakota, has been bloated by heavy spring snowmelt and rain on both sides of the border. The resulting deluge is expected to dwarf a historic flood of 1969, when the Souris reached 1,554.5 feet above sea level. The river is expected to hit nearly 1,563 feet this weekend — eventually topping the historical record of 1,558 feet set in 1881. ]]]]> ]]>