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11,000 people ordered to evacuate North Dakota town as bloated Souris River threatens levees

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“About 11,000 Minot residents are being ordered to leave their homes even earlier than expected this week as the Souris River gets closer to swamping the North Dakota city with the worst flooding in four decades, officials said Tuesday.

Mayor Curt Zimbelman said about a quarter of the city’s residents were being told to evacuate by 6 p.m. Wednesday, and officials plan to sound the warning sirens if water spills over Minot’s protective levees before that looming deadline. Authorities had previously encouraged people to be gone later that night.

“Public safety is paramount,” Zimbelman said during an afternoon news conference. “The water is rising fast, and people need to get evacuated as soon as possible.”

The Souris River that loops down from Canada through north central North Dakota is bloated by heavy spring snowmelt and rain on both sides of the border.”

Read more: The Washington Post