Governor Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring will be traveling to flood-affected areas of North Dakota tomorrow, to hear from local officials and community members about the impacts of this unusually wet fall, and last weekend’s record-breaking early snowstorm.
Burgum, Goehring and other state officials will be heading to Fargo, Grand Forks Jamestown, and Fessenden.
In addition to farmland impacts, a large part of the state is experiencing unprecedented fall flooding. Local emergency managers have reported impacts to rural roads, many softened by wet conditions, and becoming more susceptible to washouts.
As of today, the following counties have issued flood emergency declarations: Barnes, Cavalier, Grand Forks, LaMoure, Stutsman, Traill, Walsh, and Wells.
This week in Jamestown, officials requested two sandbag machines from the State Emergency Operations Center to prepare for high water releases from the Pipestem and Jamestown dams.
The U.S. Corps of Engineers increased release volumes to evacuate flood storage there, while also increasing releases from the Baldhill Dam as Lake Ashtabula’s levels rise, which could further affect areas throughout Barnes, Stutsman and LaMoure Counties.
The State Water Commission has ceased operation of the Devils Lake outlets for the rest of this year, so as not to increase flows on the already high Sheyenne River. The current lake level is 1,448.5 feet.
Residents in Grand Forks have reported flooded basements, while floodwaters also are encroaching on sugar beet fields, rural homes, and roadways.
The Red River and has risen to high levels this fall. It’s currently within one foot of moderate flood stage in Fargo. While conditions are not similar to those of this spring, there still is significant flood risks in rural areas.
During the visits, Burgum and Goehring will explain the state’s approach to dealing with floods.
This week, Goehring encouraged agricultural producers to contact NDSU Extension agents to report incurred damages and losses.
Those planning to attend these meetings are encouraged to check out the North Dakota Department of Transportation’s travel information map to ensure that flooding hasn’t forced road closures on their planned route. You can find that on our KX Storm Team App.
Meeting times and locations are listed below:
Fargo: 9:00 to 10:00 a.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at Fargo City Hall, 225 4th St. N.
Grand Forks: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at Grand Forks Public Works, 724 N. 47th St.
Jamestown: 2:15 to 4:15 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at the Civic Center, 212 3rd Ave. N.E.
Fessenden Townhall meeting: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21 at the Wells County Fairgrounds, Festival Hall, 604 Highway 15
KX News will be at the meeting in Jamestown tomorrow. We’ll have the results for you.