MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The North Dakota Water Commission is installing gauges along the Souris and Des Lacs rivers in northern North Dakota to help monitor possible flooding.
Three of the rapid deployment gauges were placed this past week along the Souris River in Minot, Burlington and west of Mohall. Two gauges are set to be deployed along the Des Lacs River within a week.
The two rivers are expected to exceed flood stage in many rural areas this spring.
Brad Sether of the U.S. Geological Survey Water Science Center in Bismarck tells the Minot Daily News that the gauges have satellite technology that provides flood forecasters with up-to-date information.
Minot was devastated by historic Souris River flooding in the summer of 2011. More than 4,000 homes, businesses and other structures were affected.
Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com
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