Tavis Flood Control Structure remains closed


The river in Bismarck is currently at 13 feet.  Action Stage for the National Weather Service is 12.5 feet, but Burleigh County takes action when 11 feet is forecasted.

Last year was a high water event so Burleigh County Emergency Management opened the Tavis Road Pump Control flood structure to test it based on the projected water levels. It was closed right after testing. 

Currently, the Tavis Flood Control Structure remains closed since flood water is not immediately impacting traffic. 

To give perspective, upstream of the control structure is the City of Bismarck’s Water Treatment Plant. 

KX spoke with the Burleigh County Emergency Manager, Mary Senger today and she said they still have only one sandbag site located at the Missouri Valley Complex. 

She said they are also monitoring Apple Creek since it just re-opened.

“Apple Creek Road just re-opened today,” said Senger. “We will continue monitoring and following the response actions in our flood annex.” 

Senger urges riverfront property homeowners to do the same. 

To follow along with water level updates, go to the Burleigh County Emergency Management website and click the blue banner for their flood page. 

You can also see updates on their Facebook page. 

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