The Walsh County Highway Department is reminding you and me that
there are many township and county roads flooded and residents should use
caution and common sense.
Do not drive around road closed signs. You can be fined for doing so
and you can jeopardize your life and the lives of those travelling with you. If you
come across a flooded road that is not marked or closed, call the Walsh County
Sheriff's Department to report it.
All drain tile pumps must be shut off. Your permit is in jeopardy if it's not.
Walsh County rural residents needing sand or sandbags should call the
Walsh County Highway Department to get them.
The winner is...Danielle Osowski of Grafton.
Osowski is one of 20 middle school students in North Dakota to win an
award for writing an essay about "Why I Wear My Seatbelt."
Osowski says in her essay and in an interview with KXPO that one reason
is her father was in an accident when he wasn't wearing his seatbelt. Osowski says
when she was in first grade her father got into a traffic accident and he wasn't
buckled up. She says that was "very, very hard" for her. Osowski says she
always told her dad to buckle up because she was concerned for his safety.
The one time he forgot, he got into a traffic accident and was injured. Osowski
says that had a huge effect on her. She says now her father never forgets to
Osowski says her dad's fine now, after being injured.
Osowski says she'd tell her fellow students who don't wear seatbelts
to buckle up, every trip, every time. She says she's had friends who've not
worn their seatbelts and they've been injured in an accident. Osowski says
accidents can happen any day at any time.
Osowski is an eighth grader at Grafton Central Middle School.
North Dakota Department of Transportation Safety Director Mark Nelson
came to Central Middle School Tuesday to inform students about Osowski's winning
Don't laugh but this week is "Severe Summer Weather Awareness"
Week in North Dakota. Governor Dalrymple signed the proclamation. And
this Wednesday, May first will be the day the National Weather Service issues
a Special Weather Statement-a tornado drill-with no alarms sounding. The
alert will be sent out sometime inbetween eleven-am and eleven-30.
Local and state emergency officials are hawking all-hazard radios.
They say the all-hazard radios are an important resource for every household
and business. They're available at electronics, hardware, and sporting goods
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has closed ND Highway 17 at the bridge crossing the Red River due flooding on the roadway in Minnesota. Motorists must use an alternate route.
The following roadways are closed due to flooding:
· US Highway 81 on the south side of Minto
Motorists are advised to slow down, watch for signs or flaggers and use caution, as vehicles that leave the roadway may become immersed in water.
NDDOT encourages motorists to check road conditions before traveling. For updated road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go to the Travel Information Map on our website at www.dot.nd.gov. Please be advised that road condition information on 511 and the travel map is updated daily from 5 a.m. until 9 p.m. CDT. The road report is based upon the information available to the NDDOT at the time of preparation and is provided solely as a public service. Conditions may vary from those reported.
The North Dakota Transportation Department says drivers should slow down and use caution because melting snow will push water onto some roads in the northeastern part of the state in the next few days.
Officials say state Highway 15 has been closed at the roadway underpass in Fessenden due to flooding.
The Transportation Department says it has reopened North Dakota Highway 32 about 15 miles north of the junction with U.S. Highway 2 near Lankin. The department says water has receded and is no longer on Highway 32 in three other areas near Lankin.
The National Weather Service says the Red River will likely top out in Fargo at the low end of the predicted crest range.
The forecast, updated Sunday, shows the river topping out at 37 feet in Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., early Wednesday morning. That's 19 feet above the point when the river spills its banks.
The weather service had predicted a crest range between 37 and 39 feet. The river was measured at 29 feet Sunday afternoon.
A 37-foot crest would be the seventh highest flood on record in the area, but the water is unlikely to reach sandbags that have been placed around a couple of hundred homes.
The forecast is partly sunny with rain showers likely and a chance for
thunderstorms Monday afternoon, Monday night, and Tuesday.
The National Weather Service says that threat of rain could influence
runoff and flooding of rivers and streams north of Grand Forks. There is
significant overland flooding. South of Oslo, flooding will be in closer to
the mainstem Red River. There will be more overland flooding in the Devils
Lake Basin, the far northern Red River Valley, and northern Minnesota through
Authorities say please respect road closed signs and don't drive around them on
a flooded road. If you see a flooded road that's not marked, report it to the
Walsh County Sheriff's Department.
There's a flood warning for the Park River at Grafton. It's expected to
go over flood stage Monday morning and keep going to inbetween 13-point-five
feet and 15-point-five-feet by Wednesday. There's an ice jam upstream of
Grafton and that could fluctuate the river levels. Potential rain this week could
influence the river levels too.
The Forest River at Minto will rise over flood stage late Monday morning.
It'll rise to eight-point-five-feet Wednesday morning. The Forest River at Minto is
expected to crest at eight-point-five-feet Wednesday and fall below flood stage
Moderate flooding on Two Rivers at Hallock. It'll continue for the next
week. It'll rise to a crest of almost 807-point-five-feet above sea level Wednesday.
For the Pembina River at Walhalla, it'll rise above flood stage Monday
afternoon and rise to eleven-point-five-to-13-point-five-feet by Wednesday. Runoff
from Manitoba's moving through. Same at Neche. The Pembina River will rise
above flood stage Monday afternoon and continue to 21-point-three-feet by
Thursday or Friday.
For the Red River: at Oslo, major flooding is forecast. The Red will
rise to 37-point-five-feet next Saturday afternoon with additional rises possible
At Drayton, minor flooding on the Red now, moderate flooding is
forecast. It'll rise to 42 feet next Sunday morning. At Pembina, the Red
River will rise to 49-feet next Sunday morning. That's major flood stage.
There is no crest information for the Red at Oslo, Drayton, and Pembina.
That's the latest flood information.
NDDOT would like to alert motorists that overland flooding may cause water to be on a number of highways over the next several days in the northeast region of the state. Fluctuating water levels make it difficult to predict when and where water will go over a roadway or recede from the roadway. The northeast region includes highways in the following areas: Grand Forks, Park River, Grafton, Cavalier and Pembina.
Motorists are advised to slow down and use caution while traveling, as vehicles that leave the roadway may become immersed in water. The NDDOT encourages motorists to check road conditions before traveling due to rapidly changing conditions. For road information, call 511 from any type of phone or go to the website: www.dot.nd.gov.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation (NDDOT) has now opened ND Highway 32 approximately 15 miles north of the junction of US Highway 2 (mile marker 174).
The forecast, partly sunny and breezy. Rain showers and some isolated
thunderstorms are likely Monday, Monday night, and Friday and Saturday.
Authorities are asking that you respect road closed signs. Do not
go around them and drive on a road closed due to flooding. Also, if you
discover a road that's flooded and not marked, notify the Walsh County
The Park River at Grafton is close to 12-feet, which is flood stage.
It's forecast to reach major flood stage of 14-point-five-feet Wednesday.
It'll go over flood stage of 12-feet Monday morning.
The Forest River at Minto will reach minor flood stage of six-feet
Monday morning. It's four-feet and climbing now. Early Wednesday morning
it'll reach eight-and-a-half-feet and then is forecast to start descending slowly.
Flood warnings continue for the Pembina River at Walhalla and Neche.
At Walhalla, it's at six- feet and rising. The Weather Service sees it reaching
flood stage of eleven feet Monday evening, going to eleven-point-five-feet
Tuesday morning, and holding in that vicinity through Saturday. At Neche,
the Pembina River will reach minor flood stage of 16-feet Monday afternoon,
and zoom by that to 20-and-one-half-feet by Wednesday morning. That
elevation is major flood stage and it'll stay in that vicity through Saturday.
Two Rivers at Hallock is almost a foot over moderate flood stage.
It'll continue rising slowly to 808-point-five-feet-above sea level Wednesday
evening. It'll then begin falling gradually Thursday through Sunday.
For the Red River, at Pembina it's rising rapidly. It'll reach
moderate flood stage Tuesday morning. It'll start flooding Sunday
night. It's highest forecasted reading so far is 48-point-nine-feet
The Red River at Drayton's is at minor flood stage. It'll reach
moderate flood state late Wednesday. It's highest forecasted reading
so far is 41-point-one-feet Saturday. That's one foot below major flooding.
The Red River at Oslo is at moderate flood stage. It'll rise to 35-feet
Monday afternoon and start a plateau of 36-to-37-feet Thursday onward.
That's the latest flood information.
The North Dakota Department of Transportation says there's water over
the road on Highway 32 in three different spots near Lankin. One is six-miles north
of the US Highway Two junction, one's 14-miles north, and another large amount of
water's north of the Fordville junction and no cars were allowed there, only pickups
Runoff is continuing. Watch roads closely.
Snowpack is still melting in the Devils Lake Basin and northern Minnesota.
Runoff is going to be significant. DO NOT drive through water crossing the road.
Flood warnings continue for:
The Park River at Grafton was at approximately nine feet and is on its way to
major flood stage of 14-point-five-feet Wednesday, May first. It'll reach minor
flood stage of 12-feet early Monday morning and 14-point-one-feet Tuesday
The Forest River at Minto is expected to go over minor flood stage of six
feet Monday afternoon. The highest level is expected to be eight-point-five-feet
early Wednesday. It holds there until Thursday when it begins falling gradually.
There is moderate flooding on Two Rivers at Hallock, Minnesota. Early Monday
morning it'll be one-foot below major flood stage. Its highest forecasted level is
809-point-five-feet above sea level. That's one-half foot below major flood stage.
It is expected to start a gradual drop Tuesday evening.
There's a flood warning for the Pembina River at Walhalla, where it'll go over
flood stage Sunday night and rise to a crest between eleven and 13-feet Monday
through next Saturday. At Neche, the Pembina River will exceed flood stage Monday
afternoon and reach nearly 21-feet Tuesday before beginning a gradual fall Thursday.
Here's what the National Weather Service says is happening on the mainstem
At Oslo there's moderate flooding right now. The Red will continue increasing
to 34-point-five-feet Monday morning. It'll continue to major flood stage of 36-feet Tuesday
evening at seven-pm and continue up to 36-and-a-half-feet Wednesday evening and
37-feet early next Saturday morning.
At Drayton the Red River will go over flood stage of 32-feet Sunday evening.
It'll go over moderate flood stage of 38-feet Thursday morning. The highest forecast
on the Red at Drayton so far is 41-feet next Saturday morning.
At Pembina, the Red River's going to reach 40-feet Monday morning. That's
one foot over minor flood stage. It'll exceed moderate flood stage of 44-feet Tuesday
afternoon. The highest forecasted elevation for the Red River at Pembina right now
is 48-point-seven-feet early next Saturday morning-49-feet is major flood stage.
These forecasts are not crests. They're the highest elevations expected
so far. Weather will affect them.
Rain showers are in the forecast Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday.
That's the latest flood information.