With significant fall rain and last week’s snowstorm, Cass County now anticipates record fall flooding along many of the tributary rivers. While rivers are not expected to get to the levels seen last spring, there is a significant risk of flooding in rural areas, overtopping of roads, and loss of access to rural properties.
The Sheyenne River at Harwood is expected to crest at 90 feet within the next several days. The Maple River in Mapleton will be cresting today at 21.1 feet. We are also seeing overland flooding with high water in ditches, drains, and other tributaries. Later this week the Sheyenne River at Kindred is expected to crest at 19 feet. As this crest moves north through Horace, West Fargo, and Harwood, river levels on the Sheyenne are expected to remain high for the next several weeks. We are expecting minor to moderate flooding on the Red River and Wild Rice River.
Residents are encouraged to remain vigilant as flood conditions change and while travelling in areas with overland flooding, or while driving in areas where roads have experienced washouts. In addition, rural gravel roads are extremely soft due to the wet conditions making them more susceptible to washouts and people getting stuck.
This past weekend the Cass County Sheriff’s Department assisted Traill County in a vehicle water rescue. This rescue highlights the importance of not driving through flood waters and we ask everyone to “Turn Around, Don’t Drown!”
Cass County Engineer Jason Benson, in an email to WZFG News, says "At this time we don’t anticipate needing to do any sandbagging operations. We do still have 30,000 filled sandbags remaining from this spring’s flood and they will be available. I expect any requests for sandbags will be used to help close culverts at rural farmsteads."
Residents with flood questions should go to www.casscountynd.gov or our Flood Hotline at 701-241-8000. Flood Hotline will be answered from 8:00am-5:00pm.
For media inquiries, please contact Robert Wilson, County Administrator at (701) 241-5770.