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June 24, 2011
Water filling 2,500 homes in Minot as river rises in North Dakota
MINOT, N.D. (AP) -- The Souris River's full weight hit Minot on Friday, swamping an estimated 2,500 homes as it soared nearly 4 feet in less than a day and overwhelmed the city's levees. City officials said they expected more than 4,000 homes to be flooded by day's end. More than a quarter of the city's 40,000 residents evacuated earlier this week. The river was nearly 5 feet above major flood stage Friday afternoon and expected to crest ove the weekend after reaching more than 8 feet beyond major flood stage. (30 images)

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In this aerial photo flood waters from the Souris River continue to rise and consume neighborhoods In Burlington, N.D., Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast


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Flood waters from the Souris River breech an earthen levee between a grain elevator and the 3rd Street bridge Friday, June 24, 2011 in Minot, N.D. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo the flood waters of the Souris River flow through a neighborhood Friday, June 24, 2011 in Minot, N.D. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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Homes in Burlington, N.D., about nine miles northwest of Minot, N.D., sit surrounded by flood water from the Souris River as a stop sign and speed-limit sign peek above the surface on Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Dale Wetzel



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The head of a lawn deer remains above the flood waters from the Souris River in an evacuated western neighborhood of Minot, N.D. Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo, a Conoco gas station is surrounded by sand bags, the flood waters of the Souris River, and an oil slick Friday, June 24, 2011 in Minot, N.D. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo flood waters from the Souris River continue to rise and consume neighborhoods in Burlington, N.D., Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo a semi tractor trailer drives through the flood waters from the Souris River on Highway 2 near Velva, N.D., Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo a farm house and barn is surrounded by flood waters from the Souris River near Velva, N.D., Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo flood waters from the Souris River surround a farm house and barn near Burlington, N.D., Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo flood waters from the Souris River continue to rise and consume neighborhoods in Burlington, N.D., Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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Residents of Velva, N.D. use horse trailers to pack up their belonging before the flood waters from the Souris River arrive in Velva Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo flood waters from the Souris River continue to rise and consume neighborhoods in Burlington, N.D., Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo flood waters from the Souris River surround a house near Burlington, N.D., Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo flood waters from the Souris River surround a house near Burlington, N.D., Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo flood waters from the Souris River surround a church near Burlington, N.D., Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo, railroad cars are surrounded by flood waters from the Souris River near Velva, N.D., Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo flood waters from the Souris River flow over sandbags and earthen levees and continue to rise and consume neighborhoods in Burlington, N.D., Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo flood waters from the Souris River cut off a road leading into Burlington, N.D., Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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A metal Quonset hut and nearby storage bins in Burlington, N.D., about nine miles northwest of Minot, N.D., are surrounded by flood water from the Souris River on Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Dale Wetzel



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In this aerial photo flood waters from the Souris River continue to rise and threaten the Highway 2 bypass on the east side of Minot, N.D. Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo, an earthen levee continues to protect the Minot, N.D. train station from the flood waters of the Souris River Friday, June 24, 2011 in Minot. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo, patrons of the Souris Valley Golf Course, center, continue to play the shortened course as flood waters from the Souris River continue to rise Friday, June 24, 2011 in Minot, N.D. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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The owner of a garage in Burlington, N.D., used plastic sheeting as a canvas for a whimsical saying to celebrate its dry status during flooding in the region on Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Dale Wetzel



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In this aerial photo the flood waters of the Souris River breech a levee, left, and flood a neighborhood Friday, June 24, 2011 in Minot, N.D. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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The Arrowhead Shopping Center is surrounded by sand bags and the flood waters of the Souris River Friday, June 24, 2011 in Minot, N.D. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo the flood waters of the Souris River flow through a neighborhood Friday, June 24, 2011 in Minot, N.D. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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In this aerial photo the flood waters of the Souris River flow through a neighborhood Friday, June 24, 2011 in Minot, N.D. AP / Charles Rex Arbogast



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Flood water from the Souris River approaches the roofs of two homes in Burlington, N.D., about nine miles northwest of Minot, N.D., on Friday, June 24, 2011. AP / Dale Wetzel



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A home is nearly submerged by flood waters from the Souris River Thursday, June 23, 2011 in Minot, N.D. Officials in North Dakota's fourth-largest city said Thursday they had done all they could to protect critical infrastructure from the rising Souris River as it headed toward a record flood. (AP Photo/ The Grand Forks Herald, Christian Randolph) The Grand Forks Herald / Christian Randolph



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