BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Record rainfall is forcing some northeastern North Dakota residents from their homes.
Water from a creek and water that's moving overland has flooded Crystal, a Pembina County town of about 160 people. County Emergency Manager Andrew Kirking tells The Associated Press that many residents have evacuated.
Mayor Larry McCollum tells KFGO radio that about half of the homes in town have water damage.
Heavy rainfall over the past couple of days has pushed up creeks and rivers across North Dakota. The National Weather Service says several cities set rainfall records Sunday and Monday.
A dam on the Tongue River in Pembina County also is threatened by floodwaters, but Kirking says officials are confident they can save it. If they don't, the 1,300 residents of Cavalier could be flooded.
Editor added: Jeff Frith manager of the Devils Lake Basin Joint Water Resource Board says, “I picked up another .78” of rain in the last 24 hours bring my event total to 3.28” and MTD total of 3.48”. If you live within the DL Basin and have a rain fall amount please pass it on to me. I know the National Weather Service is going to try to put together an updated lake level prediction and any rain fall amounts from throughout the basin would help them out.”