Sandbagging operations will also get underway at smaller communities along the Red River north of Moorhead this week. Plus, some roads in rural areas are already underwater and causing problems.
Some days, as much as a foot of water in running over Highway 200 here, east of Mahnomen, and the problem is only expected to get worse. As the week progresses and the weather warms, you can expect to see more and more "road under water" signs, all over our region. There are already 3 spots in Mahnomen County with water over the road, which have caused just as many accidents.
Sheriff Doug Krier: “Waters are still low, except for the 1 spot. But if you hit that water you’re going to start hydroplaning and end up in the ditch. Last week, we had 3 of em.”
And traveling west, back toward the Red River, the snowpack is melting and water is beginning to pool in fields and road ditches. It means the kick off the flood fight in Halstad and Shelly on Wednesday.
Garry Johanson, Emergency Manager: “Halstad requested 6 loads of sand and 6-thousand sandbags, so, they’re going to rev it up, gear it up on Wednesday between 1 and 7 p.m.. And then Shelly is going to do the same. We delivered 1 load of sand to the City of Shelly.”
Johanson says students will help sandbag low spots and close the ring dikes that already protect the cities of Halstad and Shelly.