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Published June 21, 2011, 06:15 PM

Minot forced to move up evacuation time

Minot, ND (KXMC TV) - The level of urgency in Minot is heightened as the city prepares for flooding that will dwarf the historic flood of 1969. Minot Mayor Curt Zimbelman announced late this afternoon that a 2 inch rain in the area has forced the city to move up its evacuation time.

Around ten thousand Minot residents in the mandatory evacuation zones were to leave their homes by 10 tomorrow night. They now must be out by 6 PM Wednesday. For residents to the west just outside of Minot in Burlington, they must now evacuate by noon tomorrow. Sheriffs deputies will check homes after the evacuation deadline passes and they will be getting a lot of help from the national guard.

Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk - North Dakota National Guard: “By the end of the day we'll have nearly 500 of our soldiers and airman from across the state here to support the city support the county and communities out in the county as well.”

The National Weather Service says the Souris river in Minot is expected to reach nearly 1,563 feet by the weekend. That is 8 feet above the record flood of 1969.