Flood risk prompts evacuations in Minot, North Dakota
Floodwater from a rising Souris River approaches a home in Minot, North Dakota.
June 21st, 2011
06:32 PM ET

Flood risk prompts evacuations in Minot, North Dakota

[Updated at 9:03 p.m. ET] Authorities have ordered the evacuation of some 12,000 people from the city of Minot, North Dakota, and surrounding areas because of expected record flooding, officials said Tuesday.

The swollen Souris River flows straight through the city and is expected to overwhelm area levees, said Cecily Fong, spokeswoman for the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services. Minot, located in the north central part of the state, is the fourth-largest city in North Dakota.

The evacuation order covers between a quarter and a third of the city's population, Fong said. Residents have until 6 p.m. CT Wednesday to leave their homes.

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