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Dam Operations Impact River Levels

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The National Weather Service has issued flood alerts for two locations along the Mouse River.

There's a flood watch for where the river enters the US, several miles west of Sherwood.

And a flood warning for what's called the Foxholm gage, where the Mouse is slightly over its ten foot flood stage.

But in both cases, there is no significant flooding expected with no homes threatened.

This is how it looked this morning at the Foxholm gage - four miles east of Foxholm.

Since the river at those locations is near or above the official flood stage, a flood watch is issued by the National Weather Service.

The increased levels are due to increasing releases from the Canadian dams into the river.

Those Canadian dam releases are being increased to 700 cubic feet per second - the same level now being discharged from Lake Darling, just upstream from Minot.

Both Rafferty and Alameda reservoirs in Canada are slightly below the levels required under the 1989 international agreement that regulates management of the system.

Rafferty is required to be at 549.5 meters and currently stands at 549.2 - about a foot below the requirement.

Alameda is required to be at 561 meters and is now at 560.6 - again about a foot lower than the prescribed level.

US Army Corps of Engineers officials say they expect releases to increase again this week to make more space for an above-average snow pack to melt over the coming weeks.

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