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130-year flood in Minot, N.D.
Expected to far surpass record set in 1881
22 Jun 11 — Thousands of Minot residents had already evacuated their homes as the rising Souris River began pouring over dikes this afternoon.
This morning, mayor Curt Zimbelman announced that officials would sound the city's sirens when water starts overtopping the levees.
As of 12:57 p.m. this afternoon, the sirens sounded.
The flood is expected to dwarf the historic flood of 1969, when the Souris reached 1,554.5 feet above sea level.
Officials forecast that the river will hit nearly 1,563 feet this weekend — far surpassing the historical record of 1,558 feet set in 1881.
This flood is expected to "break a 130-year-old flood record," says the New York Times.
Minot, about 50 miles from the Canadian border, lies in a basin that has received about 200 percent more rainfall than usual during the last two months.
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