A flood emergency declaration was signed today by the Ward County Commission.
As KX News has reported the past several weeks, a quick melt could cause flooding for rural areas along the Souris-Mouse River system.
The flood emergency declaration will secure access to federal funds if flooding does occur.
Ward County Emergency Manager Amanda Schooling says high soil-moisture content has been a problem since 2008 and record snowfall in Canada and northern Ward County could cause flooding if the warm temperatures forecasted come to fruition.
(Amanda Schooling, Ward County Emergency Manager) "Getting ready for the potential flooding in some of our lower lying areas. Foxholm, Logan, could potentially have significant-to-them water go through them so this would open up our emergency funding as well as help with any type of other financial responsibilities that we have for mitigation and response. "
The state of North Dakota has declared a flood emergency but each county must also make a declaration, which would include small cities and townships within them.
Mayor Jerome Gruenberg set in motion a flood declaration for Burlington --- that was signed by noon today.
Ward County Highway Engineer Dana Larsen says overland flooding is expected - use caution when driving on county roads especially at night.
The flood emergency declaration is primarily for funding.
No additional flood fight efforts will be put into motion at this time.
However, Schooling says volunteer sandbagging efforts are forming this weekend.
Bring your own shovel from 9-7 on Saturday.
Sandbag sites are in Burlington, Sawyer, Carpio and the County building North of Minot on Highway 83.