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Jun 24, 2011 6:16 AM by Kate Richards

Minot can't save homes from flood

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - Officials in Minot and Burlington, N.D., say there's pretty much nothing more they can do but wait for the water to rise.

Officials in Minot, the state's fourth-largest city, expect the creeping Souris river to become a torrent this weekend thanks to water releases from an upstream dam that have again been accelerated by the Army Corps of Engineers due to rain and snowmelt.

Officials say the move could raise the river a whopping 6½ feet above the record set more than a century ago. Floodwaters already have reached several homes.

As many as 10,000 people have evacuated and the city slightly expanded the evacuation zone yesterday but that was voluntary.

In Burlington, a few miles upstream, where the Souris and another river meet, city officials abandoned sandbagging as hopeless. They expect to lose about 100 houses and Burlington's mayor says it's impossible to save the town.

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