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NWS: Souris River could flood in rural areas

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 22, 2013 at 7:27 am •  Published: March 22, 2013

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The Souris River in northern North Dakota is expected to exceed flood stage in many rural areas this spring.

National Weather Service hydrologist Allen Schlag says additional snowfall has increased the amount of water in the region that will runoff into the river. Dikes protect the city of Minot and Schlag says rural areas with no dikes are of the biggest concern.

Colder weather in the region has led to ice forming on the Missouri River and passing through the Bismarck-Mandan area. The weather service says ice collecting south of the metro area has led to a river rise of about 3 feet, but there is no threat to property.