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Higher Releases Lead to Flood Advisories

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Most river gages along the Mouse River in North Dakota are expected to get into or close to flood territory over the next several days.

The National Weather Service is predicting many places will be dealing with minor flooding as water now being released from Lake Darling Dam makes its way downstream.

Jim Olson reports.

Lake Darling Dam began releasing 23-hundred cubic feet per second of water Wednesday afternoon into a river bed that - beginning just north of Burlington - is mainly iced over.

That raises the possibility of ice jams and localized rapid rises in the river.

But beyond the ice jam danger, the higher flows themselves will push the river into the minor flooding category east of Foxholm and the Boy Scout Bridge.

Downstream of Minot, the river is predicted to rise to what's called the "action stage," the zone just one foot below the minor flood stage early next week at places like Logan and Sawyer.

In Towner, the river is predicted to rise to minor flood stage by late Monday.

The release of 23-hundred CFS from Lake Darling is being done to draw down the lake's level to about 1593 - two feet lower than the lake ever reached in the spring of 2011.

This year the river managers are trying to make space to handle the runoff and be ready for whatever might come after that.

Jim Olson, KX News.

The rise along the river is already showing up just downstream from Lake Darling.

Jim Olson is live right now in the Baker Bridge area to show us how it's looking.

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