Persistent Sheyenne refuses to retreat
Overland flooding from the Sheyenne River inundated areas of northern Richland County that weren't expecting water and caused problems for roads and dikes in Cass County on Tuesday.
Authorities went door to door warning about 15 farmsteads south of Kindred that the Sheyenne was flooding sections of land farther east than expected, Richland County Sheriff Larry Leshovsky said.
The river had broken out to the east for more than two miles, crossing Richland County 26, he said.
Officials called for sandbaggers Tuesday morning to help protect the Wesley Briggs residence southeast of Kindred. The residence is about four miles east of the Sheyenne River.
A total of about 40 residences in northern Richland County were being affected by overland flooding, Leshovsky said.
"Some of them are OK and they're high and dry and not having any problems, and others are like, 'Yeah, we need to sandbag 'cause we just don't know,' " he said.
In Cass County, crews cut a channel through County Road 27 south of Davenport to relieve pressure on a dike.
Spillover from the Sheyenne had reached Davenport after flowing over and washing out part of Highway 46 south of Kindred.
Davenport is using the railroad tracks as a dike, and water was starting to seep through the ballast, or rocks, at the top of the tracks, Cass County Engineer Keith Berndt said.
The cut in County Road 27 was made about a quarter-mile south of the city, allowing water to flow around to the west, he said.
The move should lower the water level on the railroad tracks by several inches, Berndt said.
"Ultimately, the water, it's going to go into that next section anyway, so we're really not changing anything downstream of what would have otherwise happened naturally," he said. "We're just getting it off their levee a little quicker."