Flooding

North Dakota Agencies Begin Planning For Potential Spring Flooding

Governor Doug Burgum says they started earlier than normal because of unprecedented wet conditions

BISMARCK, N.D. — Agencies in North Dakota are already planning for spring flooding after a record wet fall. The meeting Tuesday in Bismarck set up a statewide plan for preparations, response, and recovery efforts if major flooding happens. Governor Doug Burgum says they started earlier than normal because of unprecedented wet conditions that he says pose a “serious threat” to…

Ames Construction Gets Second Contract For FM Diversion Project Work

$59 million to build a flow control structure on the Wild Rice River

FARGO, N.D. — U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has awarded its second contract for the $2.75 billion Red River diversion project. A $59 million project to build a flow control structure on the Wild Rice River will be built by Ames Construction out of Burnsville, Minnesota. The concrete structure with two gates will be located about 7 miles south of…

North Dakota Congressional Leaders Calling For Agriculture Disaster Relief

In the latest crop progress report farmers haven't been able to harvest any of their corn or sunflower acres and only half of potato acres.

FARGO N.D. —  After rainfall, flooding and a historic early winter storms North Dakota’s Congressional Delegation is calling on the U.S Agriculture department to approve a disaster designation. If approved the state could get funding from federal emergency programs. It would offset the losses farmers and ranchers have gotten from damaged or flooded crops. In the latest crop progress report…

New Mapping Tool Shows Flooding Risk Across North Dakota

The tool is intended to help people make informed decisions about flood protection.

BISMARCK, N.D.–The North Dakota Water Commission has unveiled a new interactive mapping tool that provides information on potential flooding in the state. State risk map coordinator Laura Horner says the map shows where flooding might occur and to what extent it could happen in various scenarios. The North Dakota Risk Assessment Mapservice was on display Wednesday at the Bismarck Event…

Vandalism Causing Hazards to Drivers in Sargent County

Flooding and other hazards have caused county and township roads to be closed.

FARGO, N.D.–Officers are reporting vandalism and removal of signs on many closed roads in Sargent County. Flooding and other hazards have caused county and township roads to be closed. Townships are finding it difficult to keep up with the road closures especially when signs are being removed or vandalized. Sargent County Emergency Manager, Wendy Willprecht, says the vandalism creates a…

Aerial video shows flooding in Roseau County

ROSEAU COUNTY, Minn. – Unusually high water for this time of the year continues in many rivers and lakes across the area. The lake is dry most of the year and typically only sees water during the spring melt. According to the Roseau River Watershed, this is the highest the lake has ever been in the fall in the 87…

Local Farmer Endures Difficult, Wet Harvest Season

He says this fall rain is unlike anything he's seen before

HOPE, N.D. — Tony Richards and his father have been farming for more than 50 years combined. He says the past few haven’t been the smoothest. “Margins are very, very tight, and one hiccup can turn you in from making a couple bucks to losing a lot.” Richards had to overcome more than just a hiccup recently. An unusual combination…

Madison Community Garden Getting Ready for Annual Ice Rink

In the past, the Fargo Park District has opened up rinks in the beginning of November

FARGO, N.D. — As people are battling flooding across the state, the Madison Community Garden is no different. “Because we’ve had so much flooding, some of that garden we couldn’t get to and the grass grew really tall. We’re going to finish harvesting the potatoes and trimming the grass today. Then we’ll have it set and the park district will…

Gov. Doug Burgum Declares Statewide Flood Emergency

This paves the way for federal money to trickle into the state and help those struggling

FARGO & GRAND FORKS, N.D. — They say too much of a good thing is never good, and North Dakota growers can attest to that. Although the rain is usually one of the farmer’s greatest assets, Beau Bateman says this unusually wet fall has made things challenging. “In 125 years, this is the wettest it’s ever been this late, and…

Burgum Expected to Ask for Federal Help Following Storm

Seven Counties in North Dakota have already issued flood emergency declarations.

BISMARCK, N.D.–Gov. Doug Burgum is expected to ask for federal help in dealing with record-breaking snow that fell last week in North Dakota and subsequent flooding. Officials say seven counties in central and eastern North Dakota and the cities of Jamestown, LaMoure and Valley City already issued flood emergency declarations. Burgum spokesman Mike Nowatzki says more cities and counties are…