Mayor Curt Zimbelman said late Wednesday afternoon that water was overtopping Minot's dike system in several neighborhoods.
The city's sirens sounded at 12:57 p.m. when water began topping dikes in several neighborhoods in west Minot, including and area on West Central Avenue and and area near Oak Drive.
Officials expect the Souris River to crest at 1,562.5 on Sunday as releases from Lake Darling are significantly increased in the coming days.
Photo by Kim Fundingsland/Minot Daily News
The Souris River nears the top of the dike in the western portion of Minot, N.D., Wednesday morning. Water from the river is flowing through several streets in the area, and the river is projected to rise another eight feet in the coming days. Some 11,000 residents have been evacuated from the city.
Work on several secondary dikes continues around Minot, including near the Third Street Northwest viaduct and along Fourth Avenue Northeast.
Flood information and announcements
Web sites or locations for flood-related issues:
Flood Hotline for Minot and Ward County (8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.): 858-9366.
Minot Air Force Base Emergency Family Assistance Center (emergency shelter, information, referral & support, donations): 723-4500.
Pet shelter at North Central Research Extension Center, one mile south of Minot at 5400 Highway 83 S. Service provided by the Souris Valley Animal Shelter The shelter at the extension center is open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. People do not need to call ahead to drop off pets at the extension center. However, for specific questions call 720-7203 or 240-8794.
Pet boarding at Sterling Kennels, Minot. Call ahead at 852-6379.
Mid-Dakota Chapter of American Red Cross in Minot: 852-2828. (Minot office has relocated to Room 202 in the Minot Municipal Auditorium.
FEMA: 1-877-212-0316 (People should call immediately when they have any damages.)
City of Minot Web site: (www.minotnd.org).
Ward County Web site: (www.co.ward.nd.us).
Burlington flood update website (www.burlingtonflood.com).
Flood information esources Web site (www.ag.ndsu.edu/flood).
People having difficulties due to the flooding and subsequent evacuations or dealing with other concerns can call the North Central Human Service Center's crisis mental health line, which is answered 24 hours a day. The local number is 857-8500 and 1-800-470-6968. Counseling is also available on site at 1015 S. Broadway, Suite 18, in Town and Country Mall in Minot from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The Minot Drivers License office will re-open today in a temporary location at the Minot NDDOT District office located at 1305 Highway 2 Bypass East in Minot. Hours and phone number will remain the same.
The Muscular Dystrophy Association motorcycle charity poker ride, originally set for Saturday, June 25, starting at the Roughrider Harley-Davidson store in Minot, has been postponed. The ride may be rescheuled for August or September later.
The wedding for Tiffany Johnson and Pete Engh will be Saturday, June 25, at 3 p.m. in Our Savior Lutheran Church, 3705-11th St. SW, in Minot. The location of the wedding has been changed because of the flooding and evacuation concerns in the Minot area.
Kaylee Allex, Minot, and Clinton Olafson, Glenburn, have moved their wedding venue.
The wedding has been moved to Friday, June 24, at 4 p.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, 1800 Hiawatha St., in Minot.
The reception, dinner and dance have been moved to the Miller farm, Clinton's grandparents, near Minot, following the wedding. Directions will be provided at the wedding.
Minot City Transit is discontinuing the west and east routes during the evacuation period. The north route will run with modifications. The south routes will run as usual. All routes will be subject to change as flooding develops. Citizens will be notified of changes through the news media.
Minot State University Summer Theatre's performances of Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Pirates of Penzance," originally set for Saturday, June 25, through Wednesday, June 29, are postponed until further notice.
The Velva School Centennial, set for this year, July 2, 3 and 4 in the Velva School, has been postponed until July 2, 3 and 4, 2012, because of flooding concerns.
For more information, visit the Web site at (velvand.com) or send e-mail to Melonie Weidler at Melonie.Weidler@sendit.nodak.edu.
All College for Kids sessions at Minot State University have been canceled for the remainder of June due to flooding conditions, said public information director Susan Ness.
Other college classes at Minot State University will continue as usual and the university remains open.
A service of prayer for the community is planned today at 7 p.m. in Zion Lutheran Church, 1800 Hiawatha Ave.
First Lutheran, Bethany Lutheran, Christ Lutheran, Bread of Life Lutheran, Hope Lutheran and Augustana Lutheran churches are sponsoring the service.
Arrowhead Barber Service is relocating to Men's Room Barbershop at 500-20th Ave. SW. For appointments, call Kevin Mosser at 838-4353.
First Assembly of God 1805 2nd St SE is now open for RV Parking. You can use their north parking lot, but please call first at 701-838-1111
The Animal shelter need volunteers to walk their dogs. The shifts are from 8am 11am and 3pm 6pm. Please report to the North Central Research Center.