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Diking begins, releases increase

April 6, 2013
Minot Daily News
Kim Fundingsland/MDN
Diking was under way at the Roughrider Campground west of Minot Friday, just ahead of an increase in the amount of water being released from Lake Darling into the Souris River. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced late Friday afternoon that an additional 500 cubic feet per second of water would be released from Lake Darling, bringing the total amount entering the Souris at that location to 2,800 cfs. The increased releases prompted the National Weather Service to issue flood warnings for the Souris River at Baker’s Bridge, Boy Scout Bridge, Logan, Sawyer and Velva. As of late Friday, only minor or moderate flood stage was expected to be reached at those points. Diking under way at the Roughrider Campground is to raise protection against the Souris from 16 feet to 20 feet. Late Friday the Souris was projected to reach 16 feet at the Boy Scout Bridge, located a short distance from the Roughrider Campground, late Sunday or early Monday. Releases from Saskatchewan reservoirs were increased Friday from 2,300 cfs to 2,650 cfs.


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