Thousands of Homes Flooded in Minot, N.D.

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The Souris River peaked late Saturday nearly two feet lower than the National Weather Service had predicted,  but not before flooding more than 4,000 homes in Minot, N.D.

Earlier this week, authorities evacuated nearly 11,000 people in neighborhoods closest to the river.

Heavy spring rain and snowmelt caused the river, which flows down from Canada into the Peace Garden State, to overflow its banks and pour over the tops of the levees.

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple -- encouraged by the lower-than-expected crest -- visited with the less than 300 evacuees at Minot State University's Dome and at the city auditorium.

"It looks to me like, barring any rainfall...the plan looks like it's holding up very well," Dalrymple said, noting that while many residents had been evacuated, relatively few were housed in shelters.

IN PICTURES:  View pictures of the devastion from the flooding in Minot, N.D. Photos taken by Kyle W. Martin, special to CBN News.

"It just seems like people are so well grounded here, like, friends and family," the governor said. "They're used to asking people to support each other and they find places to go," he said.

Denise Moses is one of the evacuees living in at a local shelter with a few hundred strangers.

"I'd like to be upset and just cry more, but its not going to help," she said.

Moses and her family have no place to go.

"I think this would be harder to do if we weren't all together. If we were spread apart it would be a lot harder," said April Moses.

Pastor Travis Hovde, with Eagles Wings Community Fellowship in Minot, N.D., talks more about what residents are going through and how the church is struggling to help. 

The Souris is already above record levels set in 1969 and the situation is getting worse.

The National Weather Services is predicting the river will crest three feet higher than originally thought.

Water pours over the levees as streets are turning into flowing waterways and neighborhoods are being transformed into lakes.

The sand bags have proven to be no match for the rising water.

More than 500 North Dakota National Guard troops are on hand to try to provide some relief.

As the drama of Mother Nature unfolds, the residents in Minot know this flood will be long and devastating.

The river isn't expected to crest until Sunday.

"It could me worse," Denise Moses said. "It's just one step at a time."

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