Closed Bridge in Minot Might Reopen by MiddayAssociated Press | 6/24/2011
Minot officials around midday hope to reopen a closed stretch of the main north-south route through the city being flooded by the Souris River.
Crews worked overnight to build up a levee along the bridge on Broadway, which was closed Thursday.
City Council President Dean Frantsvog says residents are asked not to travel in the city unless it is necessary.
Flooding has begun in Minot and the river is expected to rise about 5 feet by the end of the day. Frantsvog says the surge is expected to begin about midafternoon.
About 4,400 homes and 200 businesses have been evacuated and are likely to be inundated. Frantsvog says emergency services are being split on the north and south sides of the city in case the river cuts it in two.