Melting Snow Causes Rural Flooding

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Flooding caused by melting snow has shut down dozens of rural roads across north-central North Dakota.

The northern areas of Renville, Ward, Bottineau, and Rolette Counties are dealing the with problems from the over-land flooding tonight.

In Rolette County, Emergency Manager Mike Stewart says at least 24 roads have been closed or washed out by the high water.

He says it’s critical for people driving in rural areas to be extra careful around culverts and low areas of county and township roads.

Stewart says sandbags were put up near the Shopko store in Rolla to protect it from possible higher water.

Near the store, they’ve been pumping water from a ditch where a blocked culvert caused water to back up.

Renville County Emergency Manager Kristi Titus TY-tus was too busy identifying and closing roads to speak at length with us today, but other people in the county report roads closed in the Sherwood and Mohall areas due to flooding.

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