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Published June 17, 2011, 08:31 AM

ND Floodwatchers Monitoring Rainstorms

Officials monitoring the surging Missouri River in the Bismarck-Mandan area are keeping a close eye on storms.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Officials monitoring the surging Missouri River in the Bismarck-Mandan area are keeping a close eye on storms.

The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch for western and central North Dakota through Friday night. Forecasters say the storms could drop 1 ½ inches of rain, with even higher amounts in some areas.

The storms arrived the same day the Army Corps of Engineers was increasing releases from Garrison Dam to 150,000 cubic feet per second — the maximum planned. The corps says heavy rain could result in even higher releases, though Jody Farhat in Omaha says the agency has a lot of rain built into its models.

The corps is releasing record amounts of water through Missouri River dams because of heavy spring snowmelt and rains.

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