Published: Jun 26, 2011 7:13 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 26, 2011 7:13 PM EDT

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The Souris River appears to be starting a slow decline at Minot, where efforts to hold off further flood damage are successful so far.
    
The river's level dropped in four straight hourly readings through midday Sunday, though by just a few hundredths of an inch. National Weather Service meteorologist Ken Simosko says the Souris either has peaked or is peaking.
    
But Simosko warns Minot won't be clear of danger until the water falls significantly later this week. More than 4,000 homes were damaged as the Souris streamed over levees the past two days.
    
Army Corps of Engineers spokeswoman Shannon Bauer says levees are being reinforced with plastic sheeting. She says crews built a ring dike Saturday to reinforce one leaky levee on the city's east side.

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