Geese and airboats on patrol shared the streets of Minot on Friday as the Souris River set a new record for flooding, rising so quickly that it could be seen climbing up the side of homes in the North Dakota city.
The Souris broke a more than 130-year-old record at noon when it measured 1,558.52 feet above sea level at the city's Broadway Bridge. That was about 9.5 feet above flood stage and a half-foot higher than the record set in 1881.
Gov. Jack Dalrymple said the Souris was flowing over most levees in the city and, on his helicopter tour, he could see it in the streets and against most houses in an evacuation zone. That was nearly 5,000 houses.
The river is expected to go as much as 6 or 7 feet higher over the weekend, fed by heavy rain upstream and water releases from Canadian reservoirs.
In a sign of how high the water could go, Dalrymple said it would be close whether a levee protecting the Broadway Bridge, a major north-south artery, would be high enough. That levee is higher than nearby rooftops.