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Flooding in Dakotas not as bad as Nebraska

Slideshow: While flooding could be worse, the melt is just beginning in North Dakota.

Lon Tonneson

April 8, 2019

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farmstead surrounded by floodwaters

WATER EVERYWHERE: A farmstead on the north edge of Sioux Falls, S.D., is surrounded by floodwaters.

Flooding hasn’t been as bad yet in South Dakota and North Dakota as it was in Nebraska.

In South Dakota, many creeks and rivers are out of their banks, but the water is flowing and crests have passed without causing as much damage as occurred in Nebraska.

In North Dakota, melting snow is filling fields. Some ditches are still filled with ice and are holding back water. As a result, there is overland flooding and some rural roads are blocked.

Dry weather and a slow melt have reduced crest forecasts in the southern North Dakota, but flooding could increase rapidly as temperatures rise and precipitation chances increase. The Red River flows north to Hudson Bay. Northern sections of the river will remain frozen for some time, which will back up water throughout the basin.

Click through the slideshow to get a firsthand look at the flooding.

What to do before, during and after flooding

North Dakota State University has a deep well of information to draw from about how to prepare, deal with and recover from floods. There’s farm and home, crop, and livestock information available online.

Planning for a flood is key to minimizing its impact.

“Knowing what to do will help keep you and your family from panicking and having to make last-minute decisions,” says Ken Hellevang, NDSU agricultural engineer and flood expert.

Visit NDSU's website to view their resources.

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