A Levee has breached in Sawyer, ND
(I found another brief article that stated the levee was overrun, not breached.)
Velva, ND under voluntary evacuation at this time.
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The Souris River is expected to crest at 156
53 feet. (per NOAA page below the squiggle)
As of 7:00AM CDT on June 25, the Souris River is at 1561.52 feet.
As of 4:30PM CDT on June 25, the Souris River is at 1561.63 feet. Is it cresting???
Historical flood crest information (from NOAA):
(1) 1,558.00 ft on 01/01/1881
(2) 1,556.08 ft on 04/18/1976
(3) 1,555.40 ft on 04/20/1969
(4) 1,555.15 ft on 04/20/1904
(5) 1,544.06 ft on 04/12/1996
More good news: Water height measurements continue to level off.
Update 8:00PM Severe thunderstorms have moved out of the Minot area now. Flash flood warnings declared for rural areas mostly to the east of Minot.
Severe thunderstorms as of 6:10pm CDT:
Background: Minot, ND is a city of just over 40,000 people less than 60 miles south of the US/Canada border. This city was built at the junction of two major transcontinental railroad lines (BNSF and CP Rail-both have suspended operations in this area due to the flooding, which means Amtrak is hampered as well.)
Due to the Williston Basin oil boom, the housing supply is extremely tight-people are sleeping in their cars.
This flooding was predicted by NOAA back in March, but the timetable has accelerated dramatically due to substantial rain in Canada, which has had to release large volumes of water from the Rafferty and Alameda Reservoirs to prevent damage. That water has gone right into the Souris River, which flows south into the US, loops around, and heads back into Canada. (Yes, geography is weird there.) Usually Lake Darling Dam releases are timed to increase and decrease with area snowmelt, but water levels are increasing so fast they can no longer be controlled.
This event is expected to keep evacuees away from their homes for several weeks.
Evacuation information and assistance:
Please check road conditions before you try to drive anywhere! Many bridges and roads are unusable!
If people have damage they should call FEMA immediately at 1-877-212-0316 to start the process.
Souris River height tracking at NOAA
Interesting NOAA map showing topology and other communities in ND under threat
USGS Lake Darling Flood Monitor Page
Inundation maps-large file! loads slowly!
Corps of Engineers Minot levee review, undated
May 20 Article about rising water outflows
NEW LINK! Free topo and satellite maps!
The default is Mt Rainier-doesn't look like I can change it-but it's easy to use. Zoom out, use the arrow to move east, and zoom back in-you can trace the Souris River as it loops around ND and back into Canada.
Significant event timeline:
1:30pm Souris River is officially over record flood stage.
4:14pm Outflows from Lake Darling increased. Expected crest now 1565ft. Expanded evacuation areas to be announced. Broadway Bridge closed.
9:30am The Souris River begins to overflow levees in Minot.
11:00am The National Weather Service issues a flash flood warning after the water levels rise four feet in a brief period of time.
12:57pm Warning sirens for evacuation begin to sound, 5 hours early.
Kossacks Blog the Flood
Other Media Resources:
yfrog photos by Minot resident
Paul Douglas at startribune.com
weather.com Flood tracker
local Minot media reports
Minot Daily News
A decent summary from the Washington Post
A review of flooding from the Canadian side, including the Souris River
26 communities in Saskatchewan are under some kind of flood surveillance
Results of google news search-lots of articles on both US and Canadian flood efforts