Residents in some areas of Cavalier requested to evacuate as waters rise

The National Weather Service issued an update on Sunday, saying heavy rain has contributed to rises on waterways in the Red River basin.

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Rising floodwaters are shown in this photo taken over the weekend near Cavalier, North Dakota.
Submitted / Brandon Corbett

CAVALIER, N.D. — Residents in some parts of Cavalier have been requested to evacuate their homes as floodwaters rise.

A note on social media by the Pembina County Sheriff's Office said that excessive rainfall in Cavalier — a town of 1,100 residents, 82 miles northwest of Grand Forks — is causing flooding in certain portions of town, including River Street, the south end of Bjornson Drive, Milana Drive and Madison Street.

Those areas "will become inundated, and residents may be unable to leave due to flooded streets," the release said.

As a precaution, Mayor Lacey Hinkle "is requesting that all citizens in those areas evacuate. ... Please gather your essential belongings and leave now."

The statement urged residents to be out by 2 p.m. Sunday.


The immediate Grand Forks region received between 1.5 and 2 inches of rain in a two-day span between Friday and Sunday, bringing more concerns about flooding in the area.

The National Weather Service on Sunday issued a statement, showing rainfall amounts in the region. They ranged from 2 to 3 inches in places like Devils Lake, Langdon, New Rockford and Cooperstown, and 1.5 to 2 inches in Grafton, Grand Forks and Mayville. In northwest Minnesota, Thief River Falls and Crookston received 1.5 to 2 inches, while the Hallock area received upwards of 2 inches.

In the NWS statement came the following bullet points:

  • Moderate to major flooding continues and is expected to continue through the forecast period.
  • Heavy rainfall has contributed to additional rises on rivers within the Red Lake basin.
  • Most Minnesota tributaries are around or approaching their forecasted crests.
  • North Dakota tributary rises will continue over the next few days.
  • Rises are expected to continue on the Red River.

Roads remain closed in many locations due to flooding, the NWS noted, including portions of Minnesota 220, North Dakota 54, North Dakota 18 and North Dakota 200, as well as the Sorlie Bridge and the Point Bridge in Grand Forks.
The agency also noted that additional rises are occurring across the central and southern portions of the Red River, and ongoing rises continue in the northern Red River Valley. Moderate to major flooding is occurring or expected on several North Dakota rivers, including the Sheyenne, Goose and Pembina.

Precipitation is expected to diminish Sunday and Monday, according to the NWS. The next anticipated rain will be Wednesday, but "with generally low precipitation amounts and no expected additional impacts to overland or riverine flooding," the agency reported.

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