Sandbagging is on the minds of city officials in the next few weeks, along with the imminent flood that might show up this month in Hazen and the surrounding area. City officials met March 2 for an informal meeting to discuss the necessary procedures and precautions to take before a flood occurs.
Those in attendance Feb. 23 at Hazen City Hall seemed to agree on two things: the sewer line running from Hazen’s Fifth Street to the alley between Third Street and Main Street is needed; and someone needs to pay for the project.
Despite above-normal temperatures in February shrinking snowbanks considerably along city streets and county roads, the National Weather Service recently increased its predicted chances of flooding along the Knife River and Spring Creek come this spring.
Precipitation has been a constant problem for many citizens throughout North Dakota and Hazen’s residents are no exception. Not only have the inches of snow resting along the street or piled in stacks in various lots been an eyesore, but the potential for flooding and rain also cause headaches for everyone in a flood zone.
Never have I heard our nation’s Pledge of Allegiance ring as loud and clear as I did that day within the chamber of the North Dakota House of Representatives.
According to the National Weather Service, nearly 75 inches of snow fell on Mercer County in the winter of 2009-2010. Coupled with already-saturated soil, that amount of snowfall was more than enough to cause significant spring flooding.