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City Making Flood Plans

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These higher releases were spurred by a new estimate of the water content of snow in southern Saskatchewan and the chances of higher than average runoff this year.

The Corps of Engineers promises to keep releases at or below five thousand CFS at the Boy Scout Bridge just west of Minot.

That five thousand mark is important - it's the level that the city's levee system can handle with about three feet of freeboard.

And if you're concerned that damage to the levees from the 2011 flood might be a problem, Minot Public Works Director Dan Jonasson says the levees are in good shape.

(Dan Jonasson, Minot Public Works Dir.) "When the Corps removed all the emergency levees we worked alongside of them so that the materials taken off - none of the levees are any lower than they were when we went into the flood fight of 2011."

Jonasson says pumps are being readied to be deployed to key areas along the city's levees to remove water from places where it can cause problems along the dike system.

He says his biggest concern right now is being ready for overland flooding from possible rapid melting of the snow in the immediate area.

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