Minot and other North Dakota cities dealing with record flooding will continue to be threatened by the Souris River for days to come, even though the water is no longer rising along parts of the river, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers commander said Monday.
Although the river crested in Minot early Sunday morning, it has only dropped a fraction of an inch since leaving crews with the tense, around-the-clock job of constantly inspecting and shoring up emergency levees built to protect critical structures, said Lt. Col. Kendall Bergmann, deputy district engineer for the Corps' St. Paul District.
"We're 99% complete, but it's an ongoing fight," Bergmann said Monday.
The river had crested in Minot and appeared to be cresting in the downstream community of Velva, Bergmann said. The remaining communities along the U.S. portion of the river - which begins in Canada and loops back into that country downstream of Minot - do not appear threatened, he said.FULL STORY