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The Souris River begins to pour into a neighborhood after levees could no longer hold back floodwaters Thursday in Minot. The city's evacuation zone expanded Thursday as the river spilled over dikes. Christian Randolph / Forum Communications Co.

'It started as such a beautiful day': Minot residents retreat as water rises

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MINOT, N.D. - As sun poured through the valley on Thursday evening, residents found it hard to believe dark floodwaters were quickly washing through their city at catastrophic levels.

"It started as such a beautiful day, and then they said we're getting more water," said resident Leon Belker as he and family and friends moved the last of his belongings from his home, about a block from the mandatory evacuation zones.

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