By Courtney King, NewsRadio 830 WCCO and Jamie Yuccas, WCCO-TV

MINOT, N.D. (WCCO) — The Souris River continues to rise in Minot, N.D., and residents are evacuating.

Steve Buan, a hydrologist with the Twin Cities office of the National Weather Service, is monitoring water levels in Minot.

WCCO’s Dave Lee Interviews Hydrologist Steve Buan

“Right around noon Wednesday, maybe a little bit after, the water did start to come over the temporary levees they constructed back in April and May to feed the water back,” he explained. “That’s when they sounded the evacuation sirens.”

Where is all the water coming from?

“This all came from 4-6 inches of rain that occurred upstream of the Souris River Tributary near Estevan, Saskatchewan over the weekend,” he said.

According to Buan, the water really started to hit the international crossing at Sherwood, N.D. Wednesday morning and is working its way towards Minot. Peak levels are expected over the weekend.

“This will be an all-time record by several feet,” said Buan.

He’s predicting a crest that will be 7 feet higher than the flood of 1969.

An estimated 12,000 people have now left their homes.

Comments (2)
  1. Bill says:

    If “This all came from 4-6 inches of rain that occurred upstream of the Souris River Tributary near Estevan, Saskatchewan over the weekend”, why has that area been sandbagged and under constant flooding threat since March?? Not even mentioning that is poor reporting, either by the reporter or by the hydrologist. This has been a continuous, tedious burden for the residents of that area for months. The weekend storm was simply the straw that broke the camel’s (and the levies’) back.

  2. djp says:

    This has definitely NOT come from the 4-6 inches of rain! I have family in Bismark and Minot and have been getting photos for some time now. This is due to snow melting in the mountains north of the Dakotas. I am sure this latest rain did nothing to help it, but these people have been trying to save their homes all spring. My family has lost theirs in both areas due to this melt.
    PLEASE…if you are going to report, check out ALL the facts, not just one person!

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