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Calving conditions much improved

Mercer County ranchers are seeing much improved calving conditions over last year’s cold wet mess.

Posted 3/31/10 (Wed) read more »

The flood is canceled

A flood forecast released by the National Weather Service at 8:36 a.m. Tuesday predicts that the Knife River at the Hazen river gauge will crest at 20.4 feet, a half foot short of flood stage. At 1 p.m. that forecast was updated to 20.6 feet.

Posted 3/31/10 (Wed) read more »

Zap and Beulah continue to prepare for the worst case

Despite an improved flood forecast, communities along the Knife River and Spring Creek are continuing their flood fighting preparations just in case.

Posted 3/24/10 (Wed) read more »

Flood risk lessened, flood prep continues

An unprecedented extended thaw has lessened the chance of a damaging flood on the Knife River, although some risk remains, according to a National Weather Service hydrologist.

Posted 3/24/10 (Wed) read more »

Beulah says NO!

By a 7-0 vote, the Beulah City Council said “thanks but no thanks” to the offer from the Army Corps of Engineers of an emergency levee to protect against this year’s flood.

Posted 3/17/10 (Wed) read more »

Flood odds remain high

A stretch of dry weather in February has stabilized the probability of flooding along the Knife River and its tributaries. However, barring an uncharacteristically slow melt, the National Weather Service predicts that some flooding is almost inevitable.

Posted 3/10/10 (Wed) read more »

Zap turns out for sandbagging party

Young and old, from across the street and down the road, a strong contingent of area residents gathered to help Zap prepare for high water as the snow melts.

Posted 3/10/10 (Wed) read more »

Zap readies itself for high water

The community of Zap saw extensive damage to its city park and a lift station was threatened in 2009. This year town officials are taking steps to be ready for rising floodwaters.

Posted 3/03/10 (Wed) read more »

County, city make plans for flood fight

Carmen Reed has only been the emergency manager for Mercer County for about eight weeks, and she is already taking on a major flood flight.

Posted 3/03/10 (Wed) read more »

March weather will determine potential Knife River flood levels

According to the National Weather Service, the question isn’t whether or not the Knife River will flood this spring, it is will the river get high enough to cause significant damage.

Posted 2/24/10 (Wed) read more »