BISMARCK — City officials unveiled plans Thursday for a temporary dike system to protect most of south Bismarck against the flooding Missouri River, which could rise another 4 feet in less than a month.
Some rural riverfront neighborhoods were being advised Thursday to evacuate, and the Red Cross opened a shelter at a north Bismarck middle school. The Dakota Zoo, located in a riverside park, was being evacuated.
The Army Corps of Engineers, which has been releasing about 75,000 cubic feet per second of water from the Missouri’s Garrison Dam upstream, increased its scheduled releases Thursday.
By Dale Wetzel, The Associated Press
, May 27, 2011
Crews are now working on dike removal operations in the 1600 block of East Business Loop and North Dakota State Hospital, the Jamestown City Engineer’s Office said in a news release Thursday. Workers are expected to move into the Second Avenue Southwest area this afternoon.
A contractor is expected to begin dike removal today between 7:30 and 9 a.m., according to the engineer’s office for the city of Jamestown. Initial removal operations will begin along Fourth Street Southwest in the area on the north side of Klaus Park. From there, the Hesco and sandbag dikes in the area north of Nickeus Park and near the Anne Carlsen Center will be removed. The contractor will continue work on dike removals and seeding operations until they are finished, which is anticipated on Ju
The City of Jamestown is in the process of soliciting bids for the removal of temporary dikes and lawn restoration (seeding and minor grading) work. Due to the bid advertising time requirements, city officials expect this work to begin the week of May 17. The work is expected to be completed by June 26.
Construction on dikes in Jamestown was halted Monday afternoon, according to Paul Johnston, chief public affairs officer for the Army Corps of Engineers.
The move came after officials found the water equivalent of snowpack upstream of the Jamestown and Pipestem dams to be less than in earlier forecasts.
Plans for initiating releases out of Jamestown and Pipestem reservoirs in North Dakota were announced Saturday in a news release by the Army Corps of Engineers.
Due to abnormally high snow pack conditions in the basins upstream of the reservoirs, the corps expects high inflows into the two reservoirs this spring. Current snow pack conditions are similar to the record runoff year in 2009, the corps said. Releases from the reservoirs have been held at low levels in order to minimize downstream damages during the recent spring runoff.
For the second year in a row, Jason Tesch is fighting the Red River with the Red River.
Tesch and a handful of others in the Forest River development south of Fargo are using the AquaDam again this year to protect against flooding.
The AquaDam is a flood-control device made of heavy, woven plastic with two plastic tubes inside that are filled with water.
By Kristen M. Daum and J. Shane Mercer, Forum Communications Co.
, March 19, 2010
North Dakota National Guard members from Jamestown were mobilized to assist the city with the construction of clay dikes in vulnerable parts of Jamestown as water levels continue to rise.
Combined water releases from the Pipestem and Jamestown reservoirs could be as high as 3,200 feet per second, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started building clay dikes in Lisbon, N.D., on Tuesday.
The Ransom County town of 2,300 residents has also filled 9,500 sandbags, but Mayor Ross Cole said he hopes they won’t need to be used in town.
“There will be a lot of bags in the surrounding area that we will have to deal with, but hopefully here in town, we won’t have to,” Cole said.
By Tracy Frank, Forum Communications Co.
, March 17, 2010
Anticipating a disaster calls for a radical solution. Every graded road can be used as a dike and every dike has a culvert that lets the water out.
The waffle plan that Dr. Gerald Groenewold of the Grand Forks EERC center will stop the water but cannot be implemented for the spring of 2010.
The long-term solution should be to temporary hold back the water in dams, reservoirs, dikes and ditches throughout the state rather than building dikes, and diversion around our cities and Devils Lake.
A program in Fargo to reimburse property owners whose yards were damaged by sandbag and clay dikes during flooding last spring is expected to cost about $370,000.
City Planner Mark Williams said repairs have covered most of the scars left from the record Red River flood. Most repairs have involved regrading yards, replacing shrubs and reseeding grass.
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