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City Not Expecting Flooding, But Ready

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The city of Minot is ready to mobilize emergency flood protection plans --- but city officials don't expect to need to take that step.

The most recent flood outlook from the National Weather Service put the chances at one to three percent that Minot would see even five thousand cubic feet per second on the Mouse River this spring.

That's minimum flood stage in the city.

Minot Public Works Director Dan Jonasson was in Winnipeg in February when the International Souris River Board decided this spring would not be among the top 10% for runoff, meaning management of Lake Darling Dam will stay with the US Fish and Wildlife Service rather than being transferred to the Corps of Engineers.

While the Mouse River isn't expected to reach flood stage in Minot, Jonasson says the city is ready if the water rises.

There is a large stockpile of clay near the airport that can be used to fill in low spots in the city's levees.

(Dan Jonasson, Minot Public Works Director) "We have a map that shows all the low areas that we need to start filling in if it starts becoming a threat of 4-5,000 cfs. Most of the levees, we have protection to 7,000 cfs. Right now, based on the information we have. I don't have concerns of flooding, but that can change any day."

Farther away from the Mouse River, localized flooding comes with the spring season.

Jonasson says frozen pipes and quick melts often causes standing water in yards and streets and localized flooding in coolies.

Public Works Department crews are doing normal checks on large pump stations along the dead loops.

Jonasson says all the gates are closed on the dead loops and lift station pumps are set to start pumping when run off comes up in the dead loops of the Mouse River.

He says sandbag materials are usually made available at the Public Works Department in the spring if homeowners need to protect window wells against minor flooding.

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