Flood advisory extended on Missouri River in North Dakota

January 4, 2020 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service on Saturday extended a flood advisory for western Burleigh County and northeastern Morton County through Sunday afternoon due to an ice jam on the Missouri River.

The ice jam north of the Grant Marsh bridge has led to flooding that has affected some homes on both sides of the river. Both counties have opened self-fill sandbag sites for affected residents, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has reduced flows from the Garrison Dam.

But the Bismarck Tribune reported that the flooding is not widespread and has eased in recent days. The weather service said water levels had fallen between 8 and 14 inches across the affected area over the previous 24 hours.

The Missouri River at Bismarck remained below flood stage.

Forecasters said they believe the downward trend will continue, but they extended the flood advisory another day “on the small risk of fluctuations that may briefly bring higher water.”