Members of Valley Water Rescue of the Fargo-Moorhead area look Sunday morning in the James River in southeast Jamestown for evidence related to a criminal case for the Stutsman County Sheriff’s Office. Sgt. Jason Falk declined to release any more information about the search.
The chance of moderate flooding along the James River and Pipestem Creek is lower, according to a new forecast from the National Weather Service.
The National Weather Service is fine-tuning its forecasts for flooding along the James River and Pipestem Creek as new information becomes available, according to Allen Schlag, hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Bismarck.
Measurements of the snow pack of the upper James River basin indicate about a half inch more moisture in the snow this year than at this time last year. Despite the additional moisture, however, officials say its too early to predict the possibility or severity of a flood event.
Bob Martin, Pipestem Dam manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said the measurements are the first of a series that will be taken as the spring melt approaches.
The James River Figure Skating Club had two more strong performances recently.
James River skaters combined for 15 first-place medals between competitions in East Grand Forks Jan. 21-22 and Duluth Jan. 27-30.
The National Weather Service has increased the odds of high water on the rivers of the James River basin in a new forecast issued Thursday.
The forecast now calls for an 81 percent chance of major flooding on the James River at Grace City. This is an increase from a 10 percent possibility listed in a Dec. 21 forecast. A flood stage of 15 feet is considered a major flood at Grace City.
Levels at the Pipestem Dam and Jamestown Reservoir are at or near the conservation pool level, according to Bob Martin, dam manager for the Army Corps of Engineers. The conservation pool is the planned level of the lake for the winter months.
“The Pipestem is about 6 inches higher than normal at freeze-up,” Martin said. “The Jamestown Dam is at a normal level at freeze-up.”
The search for Joshua Blahna, a missing Kensal, N.D., area man, continued Monday and again nothing was found, said Mike Tufte, Foster County sheriff.
Blahna went missing between April 25 and 26. His car was found near his mother’s house about 10 miles northwest of Kensal. Tracks from the car led investigators to a shoe in the James River that his mother later identified as belong to Blahna.
Community members gathered near a bridge over the James River Thursday with tears in their eyes after more than seven hours of dragging the bottom of the river turned up no trace of a missing Kensal area man.
Josh Blahna, 26, has been missing since Sunday. Footsteps from his parked car led investigators to a shoe his mother later identified as her son’s, said Mike Tufte, Foster County sheriff.
The U.S. Geological Survey has finished installing temporary stream gauges on the James River where it crosses N.D. Highway 46 near Adrian, N.D., and at LaMoure County Road 34 near Grand Rapids, N.D. There are also gauges installed on Cottonwood Creek and Lake LaMoure. Data from the stream gauges is available on the Web at www.lamourecountynd.com (click on the Disaster Emergency Services page for links).
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