A tentative date of Thursday, June 30th, has been scheduled for Velva businesses Â to return to the city and Friday, July 1st, a return for those residing in the evacuated areas. Â These dates on contingent on safety and river levels. Â Currently, the Mouse River at Velva, as of 7:00 a.m. June 28th, was at 1513.8. Â It needs to read 1512.8 for a reentry.
The levee system and channel streamlining was done in the 70′s Â with a dike level of 1515. Â Settling, over the course thirty-plus years, has made for Â lower levels in some areas. Â It was determined yesterday the Â flow through Velva was at 28,500 cfs. Â The channel, on a typical summer day, can flow at about 2-3,000 cfs. Â These numbers pale in comparison to the Missouri River Â at 150,000 cfs, but the Mouse River is not a wide bed of sandbars and slow rising banks. The Mouse twists and turns and in many places Â looks like a little sister of the Red River.
Twenty-eight thousand five hundred cfs roars. Â Really roars!