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Published May 23, 2011, 08:57 AM

Missouri River in Bismarck nears record level

BISMARCK, N.D. — The National Weather Service says the Missouri River in Bismarck could reach its highest point since Garrison Dam was built in 1954.

BISMARCK, N.D. — The National Weather Service says the Missouri River in Bismarck could reach its highest point since Garrison Dam was built in 1954.

Meteorologist Patrick Ayd tells the Bismarck Tribune that the river is forecast to hit 14.4 feet next week. That would surpass the record 14.2 feet set in 1975.

Heavy rainfall in the Missouri and Yellowstone river basins, combined with slower-than-normal mountain snowpack melt, has filled up Garrison Dam, causing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to increase the amounts released from the dam.

Ayd says the Bismarck area is expected to get up to 2 inches of rain through Sunday night. That amount of rain could cause a temporary rise of several tenths of a foot on the river.

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