Improved Spring Flooding Forecast Means Changes In Flood Fight Planning

Fargo Is Preparing For Lower Crest, Fewer Sandbags Needed

FARGO, N.D. — National Weather Service slightly lowering its spring flooding forecast in the southern Red River Valley. Fargo and Cass County engineers are adjusting their plans and that includes lowering the number of sandbags needed. The flood fighting strategy has gone from preparing for a 39-foot crest to a 38-foot crest. The city will now require only 100,000 sandbags…

Increased Water Outflow from Dam may Cause Unsafe Ice Conditions

The increased water outflow is due to recent snow surveys.

VALLEY CITY, N.D.–The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will begin adjusting the amount of water released from its Baldhill Dam near Valley City possibly creating unsafe ice conditions nearby. Water management officials will begin releasing 400 cubic feet per second of water on Monday, January 13 to increase the flood storage capacity within Lake Ashtabula. The increased water outflow is…

Valley City Leaders Declare Flood Emergency

They passed a resolution requesting emergency flood assistance.

VALLEY CITY, N.D .- Last week’s snowfall raised the Sheyenne River beyond flood stage. Now, the Baldhill Dam is being raised to prevent the lake from overflowing. “Right today it’s at 31, 3,100 feet per second, cubic feet per second, and they’re talking about tomorrow going to 3,500 cubic feet per second which takes us to the 15th foot range…

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Increases Releases Baldhill Dam

The extra water could flood low lying areas and roads

VALLEY CITY, N.D. — Minor flooding is expected along the Sheyenne River downstream of Baldhill Dam near Valley City. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is increasing releases from the dam following the snowstorm. They are encouraging lakeshore property owners on Lake Ashtabula to take necessary precautions to protect their property. The extra water could flood low lying areas and roads….

Cass County Officials Concerned About Fall Flooding

There is overland flooding with high water in ditches, drains, and other tributaries

FARGO, N.D. — Cass County anticipates record fall flooding along many of the tributary rivers. While officials say rivers are not expected to get to the levels seen last spring, there is a significant risk of flooding in rural areas. River levels on the Sheyenne are expected to remain high for the next several weeks. Minor to moderate flooding is…

Body of Man Missing Five Weeks Found In His Submerged SUV Near Kathryn

The cause of the crash is still under investigation

KATHRYN, N.D. — The search for 40-year-old Mark Davies of Valley City has ended after authorities recovered his body inside his submerged SUV. Earlier this week, the sheriff in Barnes County asked the US Army Corps of Engineers to lower the Sheyenne River so crews could search a section of the river. The body and vehicle were recovered in the…

Zebra Mussels Found in North Dakota’s Ashtabula Lake, Sheyenne and Red Rivers

experts say people will need to check their boats and wash them to reduce the chances of the invasive species spreading

FARGO, N.D. –Game and Fish finds zebra mussels in one of North Dakota’s lakes. The last time they were found in the Red River in 2015. Zebra mussels were first found in the U.S. back in 1988, after contaminated cargo ships from Eastern Europe and Western Russia entered the Great Lakes. “Over the last 35 years, we’ve seen the gradual…

Lake Ashtabula Has Invasive Zebra Mussels

Lake Ashtabula and the Sheyenne River downstream all the way to the Red River have been classified as infested water

BARNES CO., ND — North Dakota Game and Fish has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Lake Ashtabula. Inspections of the lake in Barnes and Griggs counties also found well-established populations of zebra mussels of various ages throughout the lake. Lake Ashtabula and the Sheyenne River downstream all the way to the Red River have been classified as infested…

Man Arrested After Jumping Into Sheyenne River

35-year-old Mathew Walsh fled before deputies responded to a call in rural Mapleton

WEST FARGO, N.D. — Police arrest a man after he jumped in the Sheyenne River following an alleged domestic incident. The Cass County Sheriff’s Office says 35-year-old Mathew Walsh fled before deputies responded to a call in rural Mapleton around 3:00 this afternoon. He then took off from West Fargo Police and crashed his motorcycle near the Sheyenne. He jumped…

NWS Predicts Overland Flooding In Harwood Area This Weekend

The Cass County Sheriff’s Office has also activated its Tactical Operations Center (TOC) at 7:00 a.m. today.

CASS COUNTY, ND — Cass County Flood officials are preparing for overland flooding in the Harwood area this weekend. The National Weather Service river level forecasts now predict overland flooding in the Harwood area will increase steadily between now and Sunday morning, April 7th. As of 6:15 a.m. Friday, April 5th, the Sheyenne River gauge at Harwood was observed at…