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Mouse River Park Flood Preps

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And for people living along the Mouse River - above the Lake Darling Dam - higher flows mean being ready to deal with whatever water levels result from those Canadian releases.

Upstream from Lake Darling, the Mouse River is still mainly frozen, meaning the higher water flows will be moving under the ice sheet and possibly causing ice jams.

At Mouse River Park, officials will be keeping a close eye on how the increased flow impacts the dozens of residences.

Renville County Emergency Manager Kristy Titus says, while water is likely to cover the road on the west side of the park, the park's dike system should be able to handle the rise in river level.

(Kristy Titus, Renville Co. Emergency Manager) "We are not concerned about the water going over the dike at the park We have a solid structure here so we're not concerned right now but we're watching the levels to see. We don't have water in the park. We might see the level increase in the park and that's something we might have to deal with and we do have the capabilities to do that."

Meanwhile downstream of Lake Darling Dam, people will be seeing higher levels soon because releases from the dam were pumped up yesterday - and again today.

The plan is to release 23-hundred CFS into the river for a while - and that will should up the river channel fairly quickly.

The Corps of Engineers says it intends to keep flows at the Boy Scout Bridge - just west of Minot - at or below five thousand CFS.

But even with the increase to 23-hundred, that area west of Minot will see river levels get into the Minor Flood Stage as early as Friday.

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