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Burlington Flooding

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I'm standing here at the Memorial Bridge in Minot where the waters pace has picked up once again as the new inflows from the Des Lacs River are dumping into the Mouse from days of warm weather and the quick snow melts.

For some living along the Des Lacs River it's been a difficult few days hours of battling water.

(Shaun Sipma, KX News) At the confluence where the Des Lacs River dumps into the Mouse on the northeast edge of Burlington water levels are now starting to drop after a very quick rise the past 24 hours.

The walking bridge at the Old Settlers Park, typically well above the water line, nearly submerged.

Upstream, access to the Project Road area has been hit and miss as water covered roads late last night.

When the water receded a few sustained enough damage like this sink hole to keep the road closed.

Several low lying houses near the Des Lacs were inundated by the quick rise.

Ron Alonia lives near one of the bends of the river and says they started sandbagging last night after watching the river quickly rise out of its banks Sunday evening.

(Ron Alonia, Project Road Resident) "Roughly about 8 o'clock we were able to walk through down here, came back an hour later the water rose up out of the banks. So then we had to hurry up and empty out the garaged and decide to put more sandbags around the house."

Alonia is worried though about how much more of his property is washing away at the current continues to cut away at the river bank edges.

The river crested Sunday afternoon at 19.39 feet roughly two feet from the record set in 1979 and about a feet away from the level reached in 2011.

The National Weather Service expects the Des Lacs to drop off quickly as the run-off that feeds this fast running river, dries up.

Because the outflows from the Lake Darling Dam had been shut down before the Des Lacs Rivers Run the affects on the Mouse River through Burlington and Minot were minimal and well within the protective dikes.

Shaun Sipma reporting live in Minot.

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