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Towner Area Dealing With High River

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The higher flows out of Lake Darling into the Mouse River are expected to slow by the end of the week as more room has been made for an expected higher spring run-off from the river basin in Canada.

While the rise in the river is being handled easily in Minot and other towns along the Mouse, rural areas downstream are facing flood waters as a result.

Shaun Sipma has the story of one rancher who feels his whole operation is facing extermination because of river management.

In the middle of calving season at the Kongslie Ranch south of Towner, Lynn just a few feet from going under.

(Lynn Kongslie, Ranches South of Towner) "Contrary to rumor the river doesn't quit at Velva. Nobody asked us how much water we could handle maybe they should have given us fifteen-hundred for a month instead of this."

The 1500 Lynn Kongslie is referring to is Cubic Feet of Water.

The 2800 cfs that is coming his way will likely overtake his barns, calving pens, and ranch.

The flows are coming into a frozen section of the river channel that is still locked in ice.

(Lynn Kongslie, Ranches South of Towner) "We could have had 500 cfs coming down the river three months ago, I I've got some friends in Canada that told me three months ago look out you guys down there you're going to get some water, you'd think in this day and age they'd figure out instead of three weeks ago if that, we had a snow pack in Canada."

In 2011 Kongslie says flood water cover his pasture, hay and farm land and for over seven months starting in April - lasting until October.

He says through the 135 years of his family ranching here along the Mouse their flooding only got worse after the flood control dams were built.

(Lynn Kongslie, Ranches South of Towner) "We've had floods where you folks in Minot got by cause you have a channel. We don't, we don't have a five or six thousand cfs channel."

With nearly three feet of snow still on the ground, Kongslie says there's nowhere to move his cattle to when the water rises.

After taking the tremendous losses from 2011 he says another flood could very well mean the end to his family ranching heritage.

(Lynn Kongslie, Ranches South of Towner) "Evidentially they have no regard for what we do down here and I guess we don't count.

South of Towner, Shaun Sipma KX News.

Kongslie says because there are fewer ranchers left in the upstream region of the Mouse River, their stake in river management is being brushed aside.

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