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Crest Projections

Crest Projections

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Let's start west of Sherwood, where the Mouse River first enters the US from Canada.

People there have already seen flooding this spring,

and now the National Weather Service is projecting the river to rise to over 22 feet by next Friday - that would be nearly one foot higher than the earlier crest.

Next we'll jump to the Des Lacs River in Foxholm where the crest is predicted right about where the river is now - with a slow fall to begin overnight.

Back on the Mouse River at the Boy Scout Bridge, the crest is predicted at 16.5 feet early Tuesday.

In the city of Minot, the Mouse is predicted to reach 1546.5 feet early Tuesday. That's about 2-and-a-half feet below flood stage and well below the tops of levees.

In Logan, the crest is expected right about now at 36 feet - just barely into the 'moderate' flood stage. That's the 9th highest crest on record and very close to the 2009 peak.

At Sawyer, the Weather Service is predicting a crest in the 'moderate' stage as well - 24.5 feet on Monday night.

In Velva, the river is expected to rise another foot or so - cresting at 1507.5 Monday morning. That's the 7th highest crest on record but well within the levees' protection.

At Towner, major flooding is projected with a crest of 56.5 feet on Wednesday night - the 3rd highest level ever recorded at Towner.

In Bantry, a crest of 14.4 feet is predicted for Thursday - also the 3rd highest level on record.

Along other rivers and streams, the Wintering River near Karlsruhe is expected to reach minor flood stage - topping out at 8 feet on Wednesday.

And Willow Creek near Willow City should hit 10.9 feet - minor flood stage - by Wednesday as well.

With the exception of Sherwood, all of these crests are due to local runoff from the heavy snow of this winter.

In Sherwood, the new crest is due to expected releases from Canadian dams - and local runoff into the river downstream of those dams.

All in all - we can expect a week of heightened attention to the rivers in the region.

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