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Melting Causes Flood Issues

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The National Weather Service is predicting a tame spring for the Mouse River.

The official flood outlook puts the risk of flooding this year very low through Minot and Velva, although the chance of at-least minor flooding is a bit higher in the Towner and Westhope areas.

But another, more localized problem could develop because of the very cold winter - that is runoff from spring melting having nowhere to go because of the still frozen ditches, culverts, and river channels.

That sort of runoff minor flooding happened Sunday and today in this area along 55th Street southeast of Minot.

Countryside Villas residents are bracing for localized flooding --- with many roads, transformers and septic systems already under water.

"We're getting runoff now and it has no where to go because the ditches are filled with solid ice. Our water level has doubled in one day. So by the end of the day it's going to be up to all of our houses."

(Maurice Foley, Ward County Water Board) "You've got to remember, we had 32 plus inches of rain last year. We're saturated. Normal is 17. Where is that water going to go?"

The Ward County Water Board toured the area this afternoon and determined that a bridge over the drainage ditch was preventing the ice and water from flowing to the culvert --- causing the flooding in Countryside Villas.

The board will be contacting the property owner to have the bridge removed.

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