Flooding worries decrease in area
A flood watch remains in effect for the southwest North Dakota including the Little Missouri River, but Billings County Emergency Manager Pat Rummel said it looks like the worst is over.
"The river is at about 15.3 (feet), so it's just into the flood stage but I don't see any major problems," Rummel said Saturday. "It's been going up and down. It was actually down to 14 feet."
It was expected to peak at 15.5 feet Saturday.
"As time goes on, it's going to be going down day by day here," Rummel said.
Some minor flooding in corrals in the area occurred earlier in the week, but no damage was reported, he said.
"Along the river I don't foresee any sandbagging needing to be done there," Rummel said.
Snow is in the forecast for early in the week, but it likely won't lead to flooding, he added.
"We'd have to see quite a bit of moisture, I think, to put anything in jeopardy, really," Rummel said.
The river is expected to drop to about nine feet in the next week. The river usually averages three to six feet at the deepest in Billings County, Rummel said.
Some culverts were plugged earlier last week, but it didn't cause the roads to flood, he said.
However, a portion of 10th Avenue Southeast near Dickinson was closed because the Heart River was flowing over it Saturday afternoon, Emergency Manager Gary Kostelecky said.
"There's only about four inches of water going over it but I still do have the barricades up there," Kostelecky said. "I don't want people driving through there for obvious safety reasons."
There were other roads in the county that had water flowing over them, but only the one is flooded now.
"The water is flowing pretty freely so there's still a little bit of ice buildup on the river, but that looks like its melting pretty good, too," Kostelecky said. "Depending on the moisture we get this week, I think we're in pretty good shape."
The Green River, which sometimes floods in the spring, hasn't so far, he added.
However, Kostelecky and Rummel said melting snow may cause issues for area residents who don't live near rivers.
"There's still a possibility of runoff going into basements and stuff like that," Kostelecky said. "We made sandbags available at the county shop for those people that feel that they're going to need some additional sandbagging by their homes to keep the snow from running into their window wells."
Sandbags are also available for Billings County residents at the maintenance shop in south Medora, Rummel said.