Thunderstorms this month have repeatedly drenched portions of the Red River Basin with enough rainfall to cause a response by our rivers. Many areas hit the hardest include Valley City and the Sheyenne River Basin, Sisseton and the Lake Traverse area, and Otter Tail and Becker Counties along the Otter Tail River.
All of these areas have experienced flash flooding locally. The runoff from these areas will continue to flow down and eventually reach the Red River. We have already seen our rivers responding to these rains. Fargo will see the Red River Rise through the week of June 24 to levels around 22-23 feet. While these levels are nowhere near the levels that we experienced during our spring melt, they will still impact a number of rural areas.
We have activated our Valley Flood Alert Products right here on our Valley News Live web site to provide you with the latest information on river levels, river level forecasts and related weather forecasts and links.
With more thunderstorms expected into the workweek of June 24th, it would be a good idea to check the batteries for your sump pumps and keep an eye on the forecast.