Both Burleigh and Morton County say they’re in a ‘Soil Erosion Emergency.’
Emergency Management for both counties say eroding soil on the shorelines is happening on public and private property.
The strength of the current on the river, coupled with high winds and wakes from watercraft are causing the most damage.
Rip rap and decreasing shoreline property are expected to continue while water elevations remain high.
The hope is that the ‘Idle Only Restriction’ for watercraft on the river will help eliminate some of the erosion that is taking place.
Burleigh County Emergency Manager Mary Senger says she’s never seen a ‘Soil Erosion Emergency’ declared in her 28 years with the county.
Some of the hardest hit areas are Kimball Bottoms, the north side of Southport, shoreline north of the Fox Island Boat Ramp and areas of the Lewis and Clark Boat Ramp and parking lot.