SUBSCRIBE NOW Just 99¢ for your first month

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

National Guard continues to place 1-ton sandbags at northeastern North Dakota dam for a second day

According to an update from Pembina County Emergency Management on Wednesday morning, sandbags placed by the Guard on Tuesday have been successful in stabilizing erosion at the Bourbanis Dam.

Kyle Gagner Bourbanis Dam.jpeg
Sandbags placed by the North Dakota National Guard near the Bourbanis Dam to slow erosion.
Contributed / Kyle Gagner
We are part of The Trust Project.

CAVALIER, N.D. — The North Dakota National Guard placed 119 one-ton sandbags to reinforce the Bourbanis Dam west of Cavalier, North Dakota, on Tuesday, May 4, and is placing more on Wednesday.

According to an update from Pembina County Emergency Management on Wednesday morning, sandbags placed by the Guard on Tuesday have been successful in stabilizing erosion at the dam.

North Dakota Highway 5 remains closed between North Dakota Highway 1 and North Dakota Highway 5.

The National Guard was called to reinforce the dam on Tuesday morning by Pembina County Emergency Management and the Pembina County Water Board . The Cavalier County Sheriff’s department said in a Facebook post on Tuesday morning that there was a possibility for “imminent rupture of the dam.”

Two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters left Bismarck at 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, and began placing sandbags by 9:45 a.m. On Wednesday, they resumed operations at 7:30 a.m. after spending the night in Grand Forks, said Bill Prokopyk, spokesman for the North Dakota National Guard.

ADVERTISEMENT

READ MORE FLOOD STORIES
The diversion has two pieces — a 3.2 mile bypass channel that redirects water from the Park River around the community during high flow events, and 12 miles of tieback levees that protect Grafton from overland flooding.

Related Topics: FLOODING
Ingrid Harbo joined the Grand Forks Herald in September 2021.

Harbo covers Grand Forks region news, and also writes about business in Grand Forks and the surrounding area.

Readers can reach Harbo at 701-780-1124 or iharbo@gfherald.com. Follow her on Twitter @ingridaharbo.
What to read next
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction has awarded $200,000 to 11 summer learning program across the state
The Industrial Commission approved a $100 million low-interest loan for Project Tundra, Minnkota Power Cooperative's ambitious $1.45 billion carbon capture venture.
After a monthlong review, the North Dakota Secretary of State's Office rejected 5,738 of the 31,622 signatures turned in by the group for a variety of reasons, including notary errors, circulator violations and inadequately filled-out signatures.
During fiscal year 2021, North Dakotans spent $1.3 billion on electronic pull tab machines. The state is on track to spend $1.8 billion on e-pull tab machines by June 30, the end of fiscal year 2022.