Runoff Causing Flooding in Northern ND


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It figures to be a wet spring in northern counties of North Dakota.

Jim Olson joins us live tonight to tell us about the continuing problem with flooding in some areas.

“A lot of water and snow.”

That’s how people describe what’s happening – and what’s ahead – for a swath of North Dakota right along the Canadian border.

Very heavy snow that accumulated this winter is now melting – and taking out roads, driveways, and fields.

In Renville County, Emergency Manager Kristi Titus TY-tus estimates more than two dozen road closures due to flooding.

I should point out that it’s not the Mouse River that’s flooding – this is what’s called overland flooding – where runoff overwhelms culverts and drainage.

In Sherwood, a city worker was out checking the area for flooding – and to get a sense of what is yet to come for both rural and town residents.

(Ross Carter, Sherwood City Worker) “There is a lot of snow in ditches and stuff that haven’t melted yet. It’s going to be a lot more coming. Just don’t know how long it’s going to last.”

Here’s what it looks like at a farmstead just south of Sherwood – the place has become an island.

We’ll hear from the man who owns the home later tonight on KX News.

Meanwhile, farmers, ranchers, and all who live or travel in the northernmost parts of the state are being urged to be careful and not drive through flooded roads.

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