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Cannonball River Floods at Breien

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Minor flooding occurred today at the Cannonball river outside of Breien ND.
Ben Smith reports

I'm standing right next to the Cannonball River outside of Breien North Dakota.  Now the National Weather service says that the water level could reach up to 11 and a half feet today. Now this is a foot and a half above what they had previously predicted.

Minor Flood Stage on this river is at 10 feet-- and now, muddy water is flowing over the south bank near Breien.

"It's roughly 8000 cubic feet per second." says Geological Surveyor this Dennis Rosentranz, US Geological Surveyor

This is more than normal according to these Geological Surveyors -- in fact on a normal summer day, 50 cubic feet runs through here.

"You can get it..you know... about 5 feet wide."

But some say this flooding is nothing to write home about.

"This is a trickle...(laughs)...This is a trickle...yea" says Bob Coyle of Breien.

Bob Coyle remembers the flood of 2009 where the Cannonball grew to just under a mile wide, causing farmers to loose some of their livestock.

"But a lot of other lost..several of them lost close to a hundred head around here."

The Emergency Manager for Morton County said the primary cause for this flooding was melting ice and snow.

"Now the national weather service is urging farmers and residents to take any precautions necessary to protect their property from the minor that's going on.  Now these water levels are expected to go down by Sunday reaching about 10 feet.  In Breien, I'm Ben Smith, KXNews."

The waters reached a max of 11.7 feet today before starting to recede.
The National Weather Service still is warning residents to not drive into areas where the water tops the road, and avoid flooded areas.

 

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