No flooding worries in SW North DakotaFlooding concerns increased with the water levels in southwest North Dakota this weekend, but now local officials and the National Weather Service say the worries have been washed away.
By: Sean M. Soehren, The Dickinson Press
Flooding concerns increased with the water levels in southwest North Dakota this weekend, but now local officials and the National Weather Service say the worries have been washed away.
“We are not anticipating any trouble,” Stark County interim Emergency Manager Gary Kostelecky said.
Reports from the National Weather Service website showed water levels have been steadily decreasing in the area. No warnings or advisories were in effect Wednesday.
“The Heart River has dropped about 7 feet since the past weekend,” Kostelecky said. “The Green River is still slightly up, but it should flow through and dissipate in the next day or so.”
No incidents caused by heightened water levels were reported in Stark County. Kostelecky said two roads near the river would remain closed as a precaution, but alternate routes are easily accessible.
Golden Valley County Emergency Manager Brenda Frieze has no fears of flooding.
“Beaver Creek was up the past weekend,” she said. “We should be fine.”
Patrick Ayd, meteorologist and assistant hydrologist for the NWS said the worst has past.
“The snow pack has been depleted and the runoff has made its way into the system near the Missouri River,” he said. “It is on the way down.”
Ayd said the southwest portion of the state is fairing better than other parts. Minimal ice jam, less-dense snow pack and consistent temperature were attributed factors.
“Melting conditions were important,” he said. “Flooding we saw this season was a little more than normal. The above-average risk will be worse in other portions of the state.”
Though highly unanticipated, abnormal weather could pose a risk.
“Things should remain quiet for the remainder of the spring, barring any anomalous storms,” Ayd said.
However, “Things are not out of the norm for the spring,” he said. “We are done with the melt season across the southwest.”