Published December 25 2012
Missouri River in Bismarck freezes overBISMARCK — The National Weather Service says the Missouri River in Burleigh and Morton counties has iced over, reducing the risk of floods caused by ice jams.
Bill Abeling, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck, tells the Bismarck Tribune that river levels increased from 5.3 feet Monday to 8.5 feet Tuesday at the city water treatment plant.
Abeling says flood stage in Bismarck is 14.5 feet, and a flood watch would be issued if the river level gets above 11 feet.
Officials say there is always some risk of flooding when ice forms on the river and again during breakup in the spring.