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Minot residents stop to look and photograph the Souris river near its crest level off the Broadway bridge in Minot, ND on June 25, 2011. (CHRISTIAN RANDOLPH/Grand Forks Herald)

Souris dropping in Minot

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MINOT - The Souris River appears to have crested here at a slightly lower elevation than the National Weather Service projected.

The highest reading at the gauge by the Broadway bridge was 1,561.72 above sea level at 11:00 p.m. Saturday, and fluctuated down and back up to that level until 2 a.m., when it started dropping.

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The crest was expected to be 1,561.8 at 1 a.m. Days earlier, the projected crest was 1,564.5.

As of 8:30 a.m. Sunday, it was at 1,561.67.

The water level behind the flood-control dam at Lake Darling, just upstream, remains just a touch above 1,601 feet. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is releasing water to keep it below the maximum capacity of 1,601.5 feet, but the flow is lower than what the corps had thought was necessary. That's because less water has been coming from upstream in Canada.

Upstream, near the border at Sherwood, N.D., the river gauge shows water levels dropping steadily from a crest of 27.94 feet Thursday evening to 26.22 feet as of 9:30 a.m. Sunday.

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