Burlington Mayor Concerned About Flooding - KXNet.com - Bismarck/Minot/Williston/Dickinson-KXNEWS,ND

Burlington Mayor Concerned About Flooding

Posted: Updated:

The Corps of Engineers has decided to raise the release rate at Lake Darling Dam again.

Flows through the dam were increased to 600 cubic feet per second today.

Officials say the higher flows will greatly diminish ice quality along the Mouse River.

The releases are being done to make more space in reservoirs for the impending spring snow melt that is expected to be above normal this year.

The forecast for an increased chance of flooding along the Mouse and Des Lacs Rivers has put Burlington officials on high alert.

Burlington Mayor Jerome Gruenberg says city engineers and others will be keeping close tabs on the

spring melt on the two rivers that meet on the edge of his town.

Gruenberg says the two rivers are vastly different in how they deliver water to Burlington.

The Mouse River drops about one foot per mile of travel, while the Des Lacs falls three feet per mile.

And while there are dams along the Mouse to control it's flow, there is no control over how the snow melting off the hills of the Des Lacs Valley will rush into town.

(Jerome Gruenberg, Burlington Mayor) "When that Des Lacs comes down, that river is probably the most violent in North Dakota. It comes hard and it comes fast. And historically it's pushed the Souris out of it's banks so it needs to be watched."

Gruenberg says the city's purchase and removal of a dozen-or-so homes near the river will make it easier to build protection against flooding, if it comes to that this year. Meanwhile, he says he will continue to press for some sort of control structures on the Des Lacs River to protect Burlington and diminish the impact the Des Lacs has on the Mouse River in high water years.

(Jerome Gruenberg, Burlington Mayor) "I've asked the Corps on a number of occasions to at least get a water study done to see what can be done to control the Des Lacs. And every year when there's high water the Corps says yeah yeah yeah we'll do that but as soon as the water's gone so is the Corps. And I'm probably going to get in trouble for saying that but it's true."

The mayor says he's confident the town can withstand this year's spring melt, as long as the spring doesn't bring big rainfall the way it did in 2011 when May and June rains pushed the rivers to record levels.

  • Minot/Williston NewsMore>>

  • Fair Attendance Jumps

    Fair Attendance Jumps

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:21 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:21:41 GMT
    State Fair attendance numbers are inching toward a comeback with the biggest Tuesday attendance in fair history.
    State Fair attendance numbers are inching toward a comeback with the biggest Tuesday attendance in fair history.
  • KX Coop Day Promotes Cooperation

    KX Coop Day Promotes Cooperation

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:15 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:15:25 GMT
    It was KX Coop day at the North Dakota State Fair...Dozens of regional cooperatives gathered under the big top to greet customers and give away prizes.
    It was KX Coop day at the North Dakota State Fair...Dozens of regional cooperatives gathered under the big top to greet customers and give away prizes.
  • Free Breakfast, Ice Cream for Coop Day

    Free Breakfast, Ice Cream for Coop Day

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:12 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:12:58 GMT
    KX-Coop Day got off to a wet start, with rain showers hitting the fairgrounds around 6:30.But by 7:30, the rain had stopped and the first event of the day began - a free pancake and sausage breakfast.
    KX-Coop Day got off to a wet start, with rain showers hitting the fairgrounds around 6:30.But by 7:30, the rain had stopped and the first event of the day began - a free pancake and sausage breakfast.
Quick Clicks
Closings/Delays
View list
Calendar
What's happening?
Lottery Results
Feeling lucky?
Viewer Photos
Submit yours!
Road Report
Current conditions
TV Listings
See what's on
Gas Prices
Check near you
E-Mail Newsletter
Signup now

Most Popular

Stories
Videos
loading...
Powered by WorldNow
General information or questions:
kxinfo@kxnet.com

News:
Bismarck:
Phone: 701-223-9197
News Fax: 701-223-1985

News:
Minot:
Phone: 701-852-2104
News Fax: 701-838-1050
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KXNET. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.