In rural areas, outside the levee system protecting Greater Grand Forks, the snow banks are still piled high. But, one of these days, those snow banks will turn to water that will instantly start heading for the Red River. When that happens, snow covered fields are likely to turn into a sea of flood water.
The Grand Forks Sheriff's Department has plans in place to patrol farmsteads and other rural property with its two airboats. And while most folks in rural areas have been through this before and are prepared with their own levee systems, water covered roads will likely remain a potentially, deadly problem.
Sheriff Bob Rost, GF County: "Our Dive Rescue Team has been training. We have 32 volunteers. We have 2 airboats this year, which we did not have in 2001. We only had one. We have a lot more boats and things."
Grand Forks County is partnering with the City's Public Information office to make sure everyone is kept up to date regarding dangerous road conditions, and available resources for the rural flood fight… if it all comes down to that.
Kevin Dean, City of Grand Forks: "Let em know where they can get sandbags, which is at the County maintenance office, let them know if there might be some county roads that are closing, put maps the web page. We can identify where the problem area are."
Grand Forks County Flood information will soon be available via the web. But for now, Grand Forks County residents with any flood questions can call 746-4636.