Bismarck schools worried about prolonged flood

Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — With Missouri River flooding expected through the summer, the Bismarck School District is making plans in the event one or more southside schools are inaccessible in the fall.

Two elementary schools are threatened, and The Bismarck Tribune reports that four other schools could be at risk if levees breach.

The Army Corps of Engineers is releasing record amounts of water through Missouri River dams because of heavy spring snowmelt and rain. Bismarck School District Facilities Director Darin Scherr says officials are worried about sustained high river flows through mid-August.

School Board member Scott Halvorson says the impact on the district's budget also is a concern. Numerous repairs are needed, including to sidewalks, an athletic field and a parking lot.