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'War zone': Thousands of homes submerged in N.D. town

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An earthen levee sits on top of 3rd Street N.W. in Minot, N.D., giving some protection to one house, left, and damming the Souris River on the other side near Minot State University on Monday, June 27.

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Floodwaters from the Souris River surround homes on 3rd St. N.W. near Minot State University on Monday in Minot.

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Mobile homes are submerged in floodwater as the Souris River crests as seen from the air on Sunday in Minot. The Souris River on Sunday surpassed its 1881 record level of 1,558 feet above sea level and flooding estimated 4,000 homes in the city.

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Historic flooding in Minot, N.D., fueled by heavy spring rains and a melting snow pack, has submerged 4,000 houses and businesses and forced more than 11,000 people to flee their homes. NBC's John Yang reports.