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Sandbags will be available for residents affected by ice jam north of Mandan

Mandan, N.D. – Morton County Emergency Management will establish a self-fill sandbag site at the school bus turnaround near 504 Rosie Lane (see attached map). Those utilizing the site should bring a shovel and gloves.

The water appears to have risen another inch since last night in the area near Square Butte Creek north of Mandan.

The ice jam is located south of Double Ditch and north of Hoge Island. The Morton County Sheriff’s Office is monitoring the affected areas and flying a drone to locate problem areas. With warmer temperatures today, the hope is that the ice jam will break loose.

Yesterday evening, the US Army Corps of Engineers decreased releases to 23,000-cfs from 24,000-cfs. The result of the decrease will not be realized until late tonight. According to the Corps, reducing discharges much more or too quickly will cause ice from the banks to collapse and cause additional ice jamming.

The most current reading at the Bismarck Gage is 10.85-feet. Action Stage is 12.5-feet.

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Anyone who notices rapidly rising water to may call (701) 667-3307 or submit the information to this website .

Kayla Henson is a former Dickinson Press reporter.
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