MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The Souris River's full weight is being felt in Minot, where an estimated 2,500 homes are filling with water as the river has soared nearly 4 feet in a single day.

Mayor Curt Zimbelman said city leaders expect more than 4,000 homes will have significant water damage by day's end.

About a fourth of the city's residents were evacuated earlier this week because of a swift rise in the Souris. The river broke a 130-year-old record Friday and is expected to go more than 6 feet higher by this weekend.

City leaders say a top priority is getting a federal declaration that would qualify Minot residents for individual aid. They say that would allow FEMA to set up centers to begin working on transitional housing for flood victims.

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