Scientists Measure Streamflow near Flooded Minot, N.D.

Image: Scientists Measure Streamflow near Flooded Minot, N.D.

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USGS scientists measure streamflow on a tributary of the Souris River in Foxholm, N.D., about 30 miles northwest of Minot. The team is using an acoustic Doppler current profiler (ACDP) to measure streamflow.

As the Souris River flooded during the early summer of 2011, it overcame levees in the city of Minot, N.D., causing about 11,000 people to evacuate their homes. The record-breaking flood crested on July 25 at over 26,000 cubic feet per second (cfs) and 24 feet - nearly 13 feet over flood stage - according to U.S. Geological Survey streamgages in the area.

"An above normal winter snowpack in addition to much above normal precipitation in May and June led to the record flooding along the Souris River," said Steve Robinson of the USGS North Dakota Water Science Center.

The USGS collects data from more than 100 streamgages in North Dakota, most of which provide real-time data that is transmitted every hour. For the latest and most accurate streamflow data for the Souris River Basin in the U.S. and Canada, visit the real-time streamflow web page.

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Image Dimensions: 3872 x 2592

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Location Taken: Foxholm, ND, US