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June 23, 2011
Minot Daily News

Because of incoming high water and continued dike work, Broadway between Minot State University and Burdick Expressway is closed effective immediately. Motorists must avoid this area!!!

The bypass is open, but residents are encouraged to stay off all streets unless travel is absolutely necessary or an emergency.

Preliminary reports from the Corps has upped the releases from Lake Darling to 18,000 cfs as of noon today and will go to 22,000 cfs today at 6:00 p.m., and to 28,000 cfs tomorrow. This could raise the projected elevations from 1563 to 1566 at Broadway Bridge and throughout the valley by two to three feet.

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All residents outside the evacuation areas in the valley need to immediately begin the evacuation process. Water from Lake Darling to Minot is moving with more velocity, so peaks are expected to hit Minot within 24 hours of the increased releases.

No one may be in the evacuation zone without an escort, including media. Members of the media who would like to be in the evacuation zone must arrange for an escort by calling Cpt. Dan Murphy at 701-214-9738.

In view of the increased flows just announced, the City of Burlington is revising their flood inundation maps and re-evaluating the evacuation zones. If you believe the new river levels will affect your house, you should start gathering what you can and prepare to evacuate now.

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Trucks head onto Broadway in Minot, shortly after this intersection at Burdick Expressway and Broadway was closed off to traffic early Thursday afternoon. Broadway now is closed between Burdick Expressway and University Drive. The city received word Thursday that more water than originally expected will be coming into Minot and quick action is being done to try to build up the dikes in time. Everyone living in the Souris River Valley now has been told they should evacuate. Minot has a population of 44,000 people and many residents live in the valley.

Effective immediately, Minot State University is closed through Friday, with further updates to come. In the event of a breach in the campus dike, personnel will be evacuated to the Dome. For questions, call the emergency hotline at 858-4000 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.



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