WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Red River is expected to slowly fall during the next two days and then begin a slow rise to 44.5 or 45.5 feet on April 11. The first river crest at Grand Forks last week was recorded at 44.5 feet. Flood stage is 28 feet.
Counties affected by spring flooding include Barnes, Cass, McHenry and Walsh. State and local resources have been handling any requests for flood-fighting assistance. In Barnes County, power and phone outages are reported in Oriska, Fingal, Nome and Pillsbury. All 21 bridges crossing the Sheyenne River are cleaned daily as part of the flood-fight efforts. Cass County reports 1,500 customers without power due to downed or damaged power poles. Some area residents experienced basement flooding when their sump pumps were not able to operate due to lack of power.
The recent snowstorm during April 3 and 4 hampered Walsh County residents' sandbagging efforts. County Public Works Crew supplied residents with 5,600 sandbags. Barnes County officials issued a local disaster declaration due to the April 2 spring ice storm. There have been no state declarations made at this time. Local and voluntary agencies continue to support flood preparedness and response efforts. FMEA's regional office in Denver (Region VIII) continues to monitor the situation.