Flooded Roads in Northern ND


Many people living in the northern-most parts of North Dakota are a bit nervous watching the snow melt this spring.

The runoff has been flooding fields and roads, and has been getting close to some homes.

Jim Olson was in the Sherwood area – today, to get a look at the problems.

(Paul Trout, Sherwood Area Resident) “This is as much water standing around my farmstead as I’ve ever seen.”

(Jim Olson, KX News) 

Paul Trout’s lived here all his life and says this is a unique spring runoff season. Water has surrounded his home and is pouring in to fields on three sides of his property. I caught up with him just after he had driven into and out of his farm – right through water that covered his truck’s wheels.

(Paul Trout, Sherwood Area Resident) “I did make it, yeah. And my feet didn’t get wet.”

(Jim Olson, KX News) 

But there are lots of places where a person’s feet could get wet around Sherwood. This is the Cut Bank Creek just north of town – you can see water cascading into the creek from nearby fields and the local golf course.

Here’s a road not far from town where two solid days of rushing water chewed a chasm right through the road.

(Andrew Knutson, Sherwood Resident) “Just a lot of water and snow…”

(Jim Olson, KX News) 

Andrew Knutson works on the local fire department and says there haven’t been any emergency calls yet because of the flooding.

But city worker Ross Carter is busy in his pickup these days – scouting the water and snow situation surrounding the town to be ready in case there’s any chance of water getting into the town of Sherwood.

(Ross Carter, Sherwood City Worker) “We’ve got some places that might have to do some pumping just to move it. But otherwise it’s good. Everybody’s buying sump pumps.”

(Jim Olson, KX News) 

He says there’s a lot of snow yet to melt – and the resulting water will mean flooding issues for a while to come. And it’s not just farmers impacted- oil workers also have to deal with the mess.

(Jim Elkins, JaCam Chemicals) “Just trying to get to some of these wells out here to check on the oil and mother nature is doing what she does I guess.”

(Jim Olson, KX News) 

Jim Elkins checks on dozens of wells in the area and says he’s having to take alternate routes to get to some of the sites.

Even this paved road near Lorraine had water flowing over it today

“It wasn’t this bad last night because it was just a little puddle when I came through yesterday.”

(Jim Olson, KX News) 

And so she ventured across – something officials warn us all to avoid in this season of quickly-rising water overtaking roads of all sorts. Near Sherwood, Jim Olson, KX News.

It’s important to note…this flooding is caused by snow melting and overwhelmed culverts and drainage  – it’s not caused by high river levels.


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