Morton County, Mandan officials reassuring residents in light of river increases

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Morton County and Mandan city officials are stressing this afternoon that, even with Garrison Dam releases at 60,000 cfs over the next several days, the impact along the Missouri River should be “minimal.”

In a statement issued this afternoon and posted to the Morton County website, officials noted, “City officials do not see a cause for concern of damage to infrastructure or overland flooding at this time due to the increased releases. Residents are reminded that sump pumps may be activated more often if ground water issues arise. City and County leaders will continue to monitor the situation and take the necessary steps of preparation.”

County and city officials say, with the river level projected to reach 13 feet, the only potential impacts they see for Morton County will be within low-lying culverts or drainage ditches.

The county has set up a self-fill sandbagging site southwest of Mandan for people to fill and take sandbags. There is no charge for using the site, but residents will need to bring their own shovels and gloves.

A map showing the sandbag location is here.

Morton County residents can also call 701-667-3290 for more information about obtaining sandbags.

The state groundwater map can be viewed and downloaded here.

Morton County will provide flood-related updates on its website and the county’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

“Morton County officials again stress the importance of boaters’ consideration to minimize damage to the river banks due to wakes,” officials say in their statement. “Morton and Burleigh county commissioners are monitoring the river bank situation as well and are consulting with the ND Game and Fish Department regarding a potential ‘Idle Speed Only’ declaration for a defined stretch of the Missouri river in our immediate area.”

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