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Crests Among Highest Recorded

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The Mouse River through Minot is still showing the effects of the heavy snow melt over the past few days.

And those high levels are heading downstream - and in fact at Logan, the river is being pretty stubborn about dropping.

That's why the Corps of Engineers decided today it would not re-open Lake Darling Dam today as planned.

Corps officials say the dam gates should be opened to one thousand CFS tomorrow.

Here are the latest levels and crest projections from the National Weather Service beginning - above Lake Darling - where the Mouse River enters the US from Canada about

15 miles west of Sherwood. New releases from Canada will push the river to its highest level of the year by Saturday - 22.5 feet.

Downstream of Lake Darling, here are the gages with flood levels predicted.

At Logan, after a crest of 36.4 feet Monday, the river is expected to slowly drop to 34 feet by the weekend.

At Sawyer, the Mouse is predicted to reach moderate flood stage, topping at 24.1 feet tomorrow - that would be the 5th highest crest recorded at Sawyer.

In Velva, the river hit 1506.93 feet yesterday and it should drop to 1505 by Sunday.

At Towner, the crest projection has been downgraded a bit to 56.1 feet by Thursday- that would be the 5th highest crest on record at Towner.

East of Bantry, the river is expected to hit 14 feet - major flood stage - on Friday - the 4th highest crest on record.

The Mouse at Westhope is now nearing flood stage and is predicted to rise quickly - hitting 14.7 feet by Sunday.

The Wintering River near Karlsruhe dropped in the past day but is predicted to rise back into flood stage by Thursday, hitting 7.5 feet.

And Willow Creek near Willow City is expected to hit 12.9 feet by Friday.

Meanwhile, the level of Lake Darling is steadily rising - as figured by the Corps of Engineers in its management plan.

It's expected that releases from Lake Darling will be one thousand CFS tomorrow, and 2,000 later this week to keep space available in the lake for storing water coming from Canada.

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