By Associated Press - Tuesday, February 16, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The National Weather Service says there’s little risk of major flooding from a rising Missouri River in the Bismarck-Mandan area, but some residents are still nervous after an historic flood five years ago.

Alyssa Buetow said she awoke Monday to find her backyard flooded in north Bismarck.

“Usually in the springtime it fills up gradually, but this was just overnight, which was crazy,” she told KXMB-TV ( ).

The river is the highest it’s been since July 2011. Flooding that year caused property damage, forced some people from their homes and led to a large-scale sandbagging operation.

Heavy spring snowmelt and rains swelled the river that year. The current rise in the river is due to snowmelt and ice jams, which weather service meteorologist Ken Simosko said is not unusual this time of year.

“We want residents to be aware, but it’s not going to be a significant flood,” he said.

The river is still a couple of feet below flood stage and several feet below 2011 levels. With warm temperatures, it should be fully open and flowing normally later in the week, returning river levels to normal, Simosko said.


Information from: KXMB-TV,

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