Weather woes in portions of North DakotaHail and rain hit parts of Hettinger County but a county official said she isn’t aware of damage to roads or structures from Monday and Tuesday storms, which caused problems in other parts of the state.
By: Beth Wischmeyer, The Dickinson Press
Hail and rain hit parts of Hettinger County but a county official said she isn’t aware of damage to roads or structures from Monday and Tuesday’s storms, which caused problems in other parts of the state.
“I know I had hail at my house,” said Ilene Hardmeyer, Hettinger County emergency manager. “I heard up north they had quite a bit of hail, but most of it went north of Mott.”
The National Weather Service issued a small stream flood advisory for northwestern Morton, southeastern Dunn and eastern Stark counties until 9:30 Tuesday evening.
Fieldwork is expected to be delayed, said Frank Kutka, sustainable agriculture specialist with the North Dakota State University Dickinson Research Extension Center.
“I know we’re certainly not doing any fieldwork,” Kutka said. “I know that there probably will be some issues in fields with compaction in some places and it might be pretty muddy.”
Producers who are spraying fields might also have difficulty, he added. “This kind of weather where it sprinkles on and off is probably the worst,” Kutka said. “I expect it probably will get in the way of some fieldwork.”
In Medora, some access roads near the Chateau de Mores state historic site were muddy, making them difficult to use, said Dee Linn, site supervisor.
“All this rain has turned almost everything in the Badlands emerald green,” Linn said. “We can’t believe it.”
Locally, Gladstone received .53 of an inch of rain, Killdeer received .05 of an inch with Dunn Center at .1 Monday and Tuesday, according to the Bismarck National Weather Service Web site. Dickinson is reported to have received about .28 of an inch.
Today’s weather is expected to reach 80 degrees with times of sun and clouds, but a few showers and thunderstorms, according to AccuWeather.
Elsewhere, heavy rain pounded flood-weary North Dakota for a second day Tuesday, swamping streets, stressing storm sewers and stalling vehicles. Roads were shut down, and the roof of a bowling alley collapsed under the weight of water.
The National Weather Service said its reports ranged from 5.6 inches at the Bismarck airport since Monday to more than 7 inches east of the city with about an inch falling in an hour Tuesday.
“I don’t remember us getting this much water,” said Bismarck public works spokesman Bob Stenehjem. “The rain clouds just keep circling around Bismarck. They aren’t going away.”
The storm brought back memories of March and April, when rivers and streams flooded across North Dakota, pushed by heavy rain, snow and ice. Fargo was threatened by the Red River. In Bismarck, huge ice jams on the Missouri River forced evacuation of an estimated 1,700 residents and crews used plastic explosives to move the ice and get the water flowing.
“The bright side is, we’re not dealing with the ice this time,” Burleigh County Commission Chairman Jim Peluso said. “So the water is doing what it’s supposed to do. It’s backing up where it’s supposed to. We don’t have any surprises like we did in March and April.”
The National Weather Service said Apple Creek, east of Bismarck, could set a record at 17 feet, about 2 feet above flood stage. County authorities said sandbags would be available.
The storm also brought the threat of tornadoes. A tornado watch was out for south central North Dakota early Tuesday night, and a flood watch was issued in a number of southeastern counties through Tuesday night.
— The Associated Press contributed to this story.