Beulah Beacon News

The Knife River crested below flood level Thursday, but still managed to close a couple of roads in Mercer County. The National Weather service predicts a second higher crest over the weekend.

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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.

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

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March 18, 2010

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.

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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.

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March 11, 2010

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.

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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.

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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.

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Sandbags are the first order of business, Beulah Mayor Darrell Bjerke said.

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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.

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