Winter's impact on Souris River Valley spring flooding chances

By  | 

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The National Weather Service's first flood outlook of the season indicates the risk of spring flooding in the Souris River Valley is higher than normal, especially downstream of Minot.

More snow and rain could increase the flooding risks, but the chance of flooding lessens if current weather continues.

National Weather Service hydrologist Allen Schlag said the outlook numbers are high for this time of year but he said he's seen higher numbers in past years.

Schlag says potentially problematic areas for Minot are in the lower reaches of the Souris, near the heaviest snowpack.

The outlook estimates a 50 percent chance of the river rising to 1,550.2 feet. Flood stage for the city is 1,551 feet.