Cass County road inspections begin Monday as flood waters recede

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HARWOOD, N.D. (Valley News Live) Flood waters are beginning to recede in Cass County, yet that doesn’t mean the coast is clear when it comes to traveling on blocked roads.

The Cass County Highway Department will start inspecting closed roads starting on Monday to make sure they’re safe for vehicles.

According to Cass County Engineer Jason Benson, approximately 80 to 100 miles of road were closed during the flood fight with a small stretch open for people living along that road to get home.

Many people in the Harwood area, however, told us on Sunday they’re going about their business and don’t feel much of an inconvenience.

“There’s a drainage that goes down the river that we had to put some sandbags on, so that it didn't backflow into the yard and stuff. Otherwise, we haven't had a lot of trouble,” Casey Opheim, who lives along county road 17, said.

Some roads are still being impacted by overland flooding, which is caused by melting snow and overflow from the Sheyenne, Red, and Maple rivers.

“The roads have been just fine going from here to work. [County road] 26 had water on it for a few days, but that's about it,” Casey Lusk, whose parents live along county road 81, said.

Although water can't be seen on a few roads, Cass County highway officials said drivers shouldn’t ignore road closure signs.

County road 22 is closed for a long stretch as water can be seen for a few miles.

Erosion is visible along the intersection of county roads 20 and 17.

“I think we've been a lot luckier than some,” Opheim said. “You know, 22 to north here that goes into Prosper and that was closed well before the water seemed to be over 17 and 20.”

In addition to road inspections, Cass County will be removing sandbags and other flood-fighting materials throughout the week.