MINOT, N.D. -- The dramatic rise in Lake Sakakawea has exceeded earlier expectations. There's more water entering the Missouri River system than anticipated. It is coming sooner than expected too.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says Sakakawea will enter its exclusive flood control zone sometime during the middle of next week and the climb won't end there. By June 22, the Corps says Sakakawea should reach a water level of 1,851.1 feet. The reservoir's exclusive flood control zone is from 1,851 feet to 1,854 feet, the latter number being the reservoir's spill level.

According to the Corps, the rising water in Lake Sakakawea should come to a halt at 1.851.1 feet. Tuesday the reservoir reached 1,848 feet by mid-morning.

Although the rise into Lake Sakakawea's exclusive flood control zone is an attention getter for a variety of lake users, it also means the system is working as intended and no significant problems are currently anticipated.

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