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River Rise Continues

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Unusually cold weather continues to hold up the spring melt in our region.

That's a concern for water managers worried about the size of the snow pack in southern Saskatchewan, where the Souris River forms.

This is the latest estimate of the snow pack as of today.

If temperatures suddenly get up to average for this time of year, there'll be a sudden melt of much of that snow.

On the good side, the delay in melting is providing time to make more space in reservoirs in Canada and the US.

That's being done through significant water releases from the dams that create those reservoirs.

The three Canadian dams have been releasing more than three thousand cubic feet per second since Saturday.

But those releases come with a cost for people living at the border, where the Souris becomes the Mouse River in North Dakota.

We talked with the Hansons last Monday about their preparations to move cattle out of the pens near the river.

Now, with the level of the river five feet higher than a week ago, they have moved those animals because the river is now covering the driveway into the cattle pens.

Downstream at Mouse River Park river water is now rushing over the paved road into the park, although the road is still open.

Officials will notify us if the road has to be closed.

Meanwhile, from the Boy Scout Bridge just west of Minot, to Logan and Sawyer, to Towner and Bantry, the river is either in minor flood stage or expected to get there soon.

As for the ice on the river, the National Weather Service reports it is slowly disappearing - as was hoped with the higher flows.

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