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Mouse River Projections

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The local rains in Bottineau County and Renville County east of Sherwood all drain into the Mouse River system downstream of Towner - meaning they will not impact towns such as Minot and Velva and Towner.

And it's the same story for the worst rainfall amounts in Saskatchewan over the weekend.

The area that drains into the Mouse River is outlined in red.

Tony Merriman of the National Weather Service in Bismarck says the radar estimated rainfall is 2-to-5 inches inside the drainage area, but most severe east of that region.

That means the largest runoff will be staying in Canada - dumping into the river after it has exited North Dakota.

(Tony Merriman, National Weather Service) "This rain is going to be running off over into Manitoba so it won't be affecting North Dakota all that much. But still, two to five inches is nothing to sneeze at so that's kind of what we're looking at as far as what fell over the weekend and then how to handle that water."

The question of how to handle that water was taken up in a conference call among water managers from the US and Canada this afternoon.

The decision was made to keep increasing outflows from Lake Darling through Wednesday, when the flow will be 25-hundred cubic feet per second.

The will help reduce the level of Lake Darling - which is currently about a foot-and-a-half above its desired summer level.

Those higher flows are likely to continue as releases from Alameda Dam are ramped up starting mid-week.

The National Weather Service has activated its "Briefing Page" for the river on its website at crh.noaa.gov/bis.

The page pulls together all of the current river readings from gages in the US and Canada.

 

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