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Missouri River ice jam 'not an immediate threat'

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Missouri River ice in the Bismarck-Mandan area. Photo courtesy William Prokopyk

By Dave Thompson

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Bismarck, ND – A flood warning for the Missouri River in the Bismarck-Mandan area has now ended.
An ice jam that formed south of the cities caused a rapid rise in the river level - and that led to a raid rise in the anxiety level among people living close to the river, who remember the epic flood of 2011 - as well as the ice jam flood of 2009.
The warning was cancelled - because the river is now officially "frozen-over."
Prairie Public's Dave Thompson went along on a National Guard helicopter - that provided a bird's eye look at the ice jam.