Souris River ties record at Minot, keeps rising

June 24, 2011 - 1:00 PM

MINOT, N.D. (AP) — The flooding Souris (SUHR'-is) River has tied its record level at Minot (MY'-nawt) and continues to rise.

U.S. Geological Survey data show the river was at 1,558 feet above sea level at 11 a.m. Friday at the city's Broadway Bridge. That's 9 feet above flood stage and the same as the all-time high set in 1881.

On Thursday, the river exceeded the level of a 1969 flood in the state's fourth-largest city. The crest that year was 1,555.4 feet above sea level, or 6.4 feet above flood stage.

The National Weather Service is forecasting this year's crest at 1,564.5 feet by early Sunday, or 15.5 feet above flood stage. The level is expected to begin slowly falling early Tuesday.