- Associated Press - Saturday, July 5, 2014

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Some northern parts of the state are seeing river flooding caused by high releases from dams in North Dakota and Canada, but officials say most of the affected area is agricultural land along the Souris River.

Heavy rain in late June has caused above-average releases from the Lake Darling Dam northwest of Minot and the Alameda Dam in Saskatchewan, said Bill Abeling, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.

The high releases have pushed parts of the Souris to flood moderately at several points, and Abeling said Saturday the river near Westhope was in a major flood stage. So far only agricultural land has been affected by the river flooding.

“That will probably continue for at least the next week to 10 days,” Abeling said.

Abeling also said several northern areas like Renville County and parts of northern Ward and Burke counties are still seeing flooding, a result of June’s heavy rainfall that continues to drain. Several town and county roads are still closed with water on them.

The Weather Service issued an area flood warning that lasts until 12 p.m. Sunday.

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