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Published April 15, 2011, 03:27 PM

Valley City Might See Higher Sheyenne River Level

City leaders in Valley City are talking about raising dikes again, after the Corps of Engineers said it had no choice but to increase water releases from the Baldhill Dam on the Sheyenne River north of town.

By: Associated Press,

VALLEY CITY, N.D. (AP) — City leaders in Valley City are talking about raising dikes again, after the Corps of Engineers said it had no choice but to increase water releases from the Baldhill Dam on the Sheyenne River north of town.

KFGO reports that corps Col. Michael Price says the increased releases are necessary to keep Lake Ashtabula from overflowing in an uncontrollable release. The controlled releases could push the Sheyenne to a record level in the city of more than 21 feet.

KOVC radio reports that levees in the city of 6,500 people are built to 22.5 feet.

National Weather Service spokesman Mark Ewens tells The Associated Press that the river at Valley City had crested at 20.55 feet on Thursday and had dropped to 20.28 feet on Friday.

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