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Associated Press, Published February 16 2012

Low risk of spring snowmelt flooding in western ND

BISMARCK, N.D. — The risk of widespread spring flooding due to snowmelt is classified as below normal in western North Dakota.

The National Weather Service in its latest flood outlooks Thursday said drought conditions have expanded across much of North Dakota because of the “surprisingly dry” winter.

Last year, the Souris River reached record levels and swamped more than 4,000 homes and businesses in Minot. The river this year is expected to remain below flood stage in the city.

The weather service says about the only risk of flooding along the Missouri and James rivers would be through heavy spring rains or ice jams.

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