Flooding shouldn’t be big concern in Souris River basin

March 8, 2019

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Flooding shouldn’t be a big concern this spring in much of the Souris River basin in northern North Dakota.

The National Weather Service says in its latest flood outlook that there’s an above-normal risk of mostly minor flooding downstream of Minot, but the risk upstream is below normal. The outlook doesn’t include risks associated with ice jam flooding.

The river loops down from Canada, through North Dakota’s fourth-largest city. A June 2011 flood caused by heavy spring snowmelt and rains damaged or destroyed thousands of buildings in Minot and prompted the evacuation of more than 11,000 people. The flood caused an estimated $1 billion in damage in the region.