With much of the snow pack still in tact throughout the Mouse River Basin Ward County Officials are waiting on the next flood forecast, due out Thursday, to further plans for a potential flood fight in rural areas.
Today County officials discussed drawing up a permanent policy regarding sandbags.
In the past the county has provided sandbags for free for people trying to hold back flood water.
However, that did cost the county nearly a half million dollars in 2011.
Emergency Manager Amanda Schooling said the county would have to pay for the expense of the sandbags out of the Emergency Fund which has a balance of just over 400-thousand dollars.
Commissioners did vote to provide free sandbags to county residents and sand at the County North Building located along Highway 83 north of Minot.
(Alan Walter, Ward County Commissioner) "I would also add to the motion that the sand be at site when it's deemed necessary, not when deemed necessary when it's an issue starting to rise."
The bags and sand will be available as soon as the weather warms up or earlier if flood concerns rise.