Flood Warning - North Dakota

By: Weather
By: Weather

FLOOD STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BISMARCK ND
1256 PM CDT WED SEP 21 2011

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN NORTH
DAKOTA...
SOURIS RIVER NEAR TOWNER AFFECTING MCHENRY COUNTY
SOURIS RIVER NEAR BANTRY AFFECTING MCHENRY COUNTY
FOR THE SOURIS RIVER BASIN INCLUDING TOWNER...BANTRY...MINOR FLOODING
IS OCCURRING AND IS EXPECTED TO CONTINUE.

.RAIN OVER THE PAST TWO DAYS HAS BEEN SIGNIFICANT IN AREAS WITH REGARD TO
TOTALS RECEIVED. HOWEVER...THE RATE AT WHICH RAIN FELL AND THE RELATIVELY
DRY COUNTRYSIDE SAW MUCH OF THE RAIN INFILTRATE INTO THE SOIL. THE EXPECTED
RESPONSE IN THE SOURIS RIVER AT ALL LOCATIONS SHOULD BE UNDER A ONE FOOT
RISE AND SIMPLY DRAG OUT THE OVERALL LOWERING OF RIVER STAGES IN THE
TOWNER AND BANTRY AREAS BY A FEW DAYS. THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT LOWER INFLOWS
TO LAKE DARLING HAVE ALLOWED FOR YET ANOTHER REDUCTION IN RELEASES THAT
WILL BE MAKING ITS WAY INTO THE TOWNER AND BANTRY AREAS OVER
THE NEXT 4 TO 6 DAYS WHICH WILL SIGNIFICANTLY LOWER THE RIVER STAGES WHEN
COMBINED WITH A DRY WEATHER PATTERN SETTING UP IN WESTERN AND CENTRAL NORTH
DAKOTA. BECAUSE OF THE EXPECTATION OF AN OVERALL PATTERN OF LOWER RIVER
STAGES...THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE WILL CONTINUE TO ISSUE DAILY
FORECASTS ON OUR WEB PAGE BUT WILL ONLY ISSUE TEXT UPDATES WEEKLY OR ON AN
AS NEEDED BASIS. THE NEXT TEXT UPDATE WILL BE NO LATER THAN
FRIDAY...30 SEPTEMBER.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

SAFETY MESSAGE...DO NOT DRIVE INTO AREAS WHERE WATER TOPS THE
ROADWAY. TURN AROUND...DON`T DROWN. AVOID DRIVING ON FLOODED ROADS.

A FOLLOW-UP PRODUCT WILL BE ISSUED.

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR
THE SOURIS RIVER NEAR TOWNER.
* UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
* FLOOD STAGE IS 52.0 FEET.
* FORECAST...THE RIVER IS FORECAST TO HAVE A MAXIMUM VALUE OF 53.4
FEET FRIDAY EVENING.
* IMPACT...AT 53.0 FEET...NO SIGNIFICANT FLOOD PROBLEMS.


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