River Managers Order Flood Operations


It could be an interesting spring.

That’s what members of the International Souris River Board said today as they met in Regina to consider the chances of flooding in the Souris-Mouse River system.

Jim Olson reports.

(Jim Olson, KX News)

“Water is rushing out of the Lake Darling Dam at more than 300 cubic feet per second, on its way to 400 CFS in the next week or so. All in an effort to bring the level of Lake Darling down about two feet below its normal level for this time of the year. The reason? To be ready to handle the snow melt that’s coming.”


Another area with above average snow pack is here near the Alameda Dam in Canada – managers are reducing the level of the reservoir here to make room for the runoff that’s expected as spring arrives.


The International Souris River Board, meeting in Regina Thursday, ruled this a “one in ten” year – meaning runoff in the top 10% of historic levels is expected. The designation means the Corps of Engineers will play a larger role in determining dam operations to handle the river flow.


Tim Fay of the State Water Commission says the hope is the flood operations go pretty much unnoticed.


(Tim Fay, ND Water Commission) “We may see flood operations. I hope we don’t see flood operations to the extent that people actually notice it. And it’s early in the year yet. Everything depends on what happens from here on out.”

(Jim Olson, KX News) “So it appears that this dam is going to be key in handling any high water issues that might develop this spring because of the snow that’s yet to melt or any rain that might come our way in the next several weeks. Reporting from Lake Darling Dam, Jim Olson, KX News.”

The Mouse River hit record levels in 2011, causing an estimated one billion dollars in damage in North Dakota

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