Joe Belford, who has been the face of the flood fight in Devils Lake Basin for decades, is stepping down as Ramsey County commissioner and some half-dozen other positions he was appointed to as commissioner. But, he says, he'll still continue the flood fight.
The Red River Basin Commission will tour the Devils Lake Basin Thursday.The RRBC, a non-profit organization that works across the political boundaries of Manitoba, North Dakota, Minnesota and South Dakota on land and water issues, also will meet at Stump Lake Park following the tour.
The 800-foot-structure, built between Stump Lake and a natural rise in the Tolna Coulee, is designed to prevent a catastrophic spill from the Devils Lake Basin to the Sheyenne River Valley. The unique design mimics the natural erosion that likely would occur in the coulee, while restricting downstream flows.
Construction crews are installing new ties and laying new rails along a 15-mile stretch of flood-threatened railroad tracks in the Devils Lake Basin.
Work began earlier this month on the $100 million project on BNSF Railway tracks along the route of Amtrak’s Empire Builder passenger trains. The project calls for raising the tracks an average of 5 feet this year, to an elevation of 1,461 feet above sea level, according to Amy McBeth, a BNSF spokeswoman.
Local officials and North Dakota's congressional delegation met Wednesday for a Senate Budget Committee field hearing to discuss past help from the federal government and outline "new tools" in the 19-year-old flood fight.
Crews spent the past week erecting giant utility poles along county and township roads to provide electricity to two massive construction projects under way in the Devils Lake Basin — the $80 million to $90 million East Devils Lake Outlet and the $9 million Tolna Coulee Control Structure.
Three to five inches of snow is expected across much of eastern North Dakota moving into northwest Minnesota, he said. But the Devils Lake Basin should “evade this system,” said Bill Barrett, meteorologist in the weather service’s Grand Forks office.
Threatened with flooding, Churchs Ferry votes on whether to dissolve Residents of Churchs Ferry, N.D., will decide Tuesday whether or not to dissolve the flood-threatened city in Ramsey County.
The election was prompted by a petition signed this past fall by four of the community’s nine voting-age residents. Polls will be open from noon to 7 p.m.
Basin must be considered 'closed' in order to avoid road repair funding cap A federal funding bill that limits highway appropriations to the chronically flooded Devils Lake Basin to $100 million annually could delay the completion of major highway construction projects or postpone other road projects.
Altogether, the state is getting $31.5 million to repair federal-aid highways and roads on federal lands damaged by flooding this year.
The money comes out of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s budget for fiscal year 2011, which ended Sept. 30, through a continuing resolution in Congress, said Sen. John Hoeven, R-N.D., who with Sen. Kent Conrad, D-N.D., and Rep. Rick Berg, R-N.D., announced the grants.
The Devils Lake Basin will receive about $6 million to help counties repair flood-damaged roads, as part of disaster-relief legislation approved last week during the North Dakota legislature’s special session.
The city of Devils Lake is making a desperate plea to North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple to take immediate steps to relieve flooding this year in the Devils Lake Basin, stating in a letter, approved Monday evening by the Devils Lake City Commission, that the state-proposed east-end outlet “simply does not have enough capacity to begin drawing down the lake.”
Bismarck-Mandan, Minot, and just about everywhere else in North Dakota has been dealing with flooding Hopping from one flood emergency to another is all in a day’s work for Maj. Gen. David Sprynczynatyk. He’s seen flooding in every corner of the state, often on several fronts at once.
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