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Press Photo by Ashley Martin The Heart River flows over a portion of 10th Avenue Southeast near Dickinson Thursday afternoon. Precipitation yesterday and today raise the threat of flooding in the area, officials say.
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Hit with high water
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Heart and Green rivers are flowing over Stark County roads and officials say the situation could worsen. Two roads near Dickinson have been closed because of high water, said Stark County Emergency Manager Brent Pringle.

Heart River is running over 10th Avenue Southeast just south of Ed's Honey Co., Pringle said. The section of 107th Avenue Southwest between 31st and 32nd streets southwest is submerged under the Green River.

Ice jams had to be broken up along several rivers in the area Tuesday, but Pringle said that shouldn't be a problem anymore.

"I'm more concerned with this potential snowfall that we're going to get," Pringle said. "We're on kind of the border of 4 inches or 6 to 8 inches of snow, which equals just over an inch of water."

Thursday's showers also added to water levels.

"Patterson Lake is full now, so what comes into the system is pretty much going to go straight out of the lake," Pringle said. "We're going to continue to monitor it."

Roads washed out near Richardton Wednesday required repairs, Pringle said. Forty-first Street Southwest and 95th Avenue Southwest are repaired and reopened, he added.

Residences on Palm Beach Road, some of which the Heart River flooded last spring, are staying dry.

"It was nowhere near as high as it was last year," Pringle said.

As the possibility of flooding threatens the area, the North Dakota National Guard is ending flood operations across the state, according to the Associated Press.

Gov. John Hoeven called the Guard March 15 to respond to flooding, particularly in the Red River Valley. Nearly 800 Guard personnel helped with sandbagging, traffic control, dike patrol and emergency response during the 18-day mission.

The Little Missouri River flooded Billings County residents last year, but Emergency Manager Pat Rummel said ice jams and flooding are not a problem on the river this year.

"Unless we get a whole bunch of rain, we should be in pretty good shape," Rummel said. "The river is pretty low -- it's at about 7.5 to 8 feet. It would have to come up quite a bit before it'd be a concern, and I don't think we're going to get that amount of moisture, the way it sounds."

He added the Little Missouri is considered to be at flood stage when it reaches 15 feet.

The Cannonball River also flooded several Mott homes last year, but Ilene Hardmeyer, Hettinger County emergency manager, is optimistic about water levels this year.

"The ice has melted and I think we're going to be just fine," Hardmeyer said. "It (the Cannonball) is high, but I really don't expect it to get a whole lot higher."

Sand and sandbags are still available for Stark County residents who wish to prepare for possible flooding. They can be picked up at the county shop on the corner of Highway 10 and 30th Avenue West.

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