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Published June 21, 2011, 08:30 AM

Souris River flooding to be historic

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Officials say Souris River flooding in Minot will dwarf the historic flood of 1969.

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — Officials say Souris River flooding in Minot will dwarf the historic flood of 1969.

The river that year reached 1,555.4 feet above sea level. The National Weather Service says the river now is expected to reach nearly 1,563 feet by the weekend.

The river that loops down from Canada through north central North Dakota is bloated by heavy spring snowmelt and rain. Mayor Curt Zimbelman says the flooding in Minot could be "catastrophic."

About 10,000 residents who were evacuated earlier this month and then let back into homes have been ordered out again by Wednesday night. Officials say river flows through Minot will be three times the record amount, and water will top the emergency levees.

All residents along the river in Ward County are being urged to leave.

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