Southern valley counties report few major overland flooding problems

Sheriffs deputies and dispatchers in Cass and Clay counties, as well as bordering counties to the north and south, said Sunday they’re seeing some inundated township roads as anticipated but no major problems from overland flooding so far.

In Cass County, Cpl. Dean Haaland said the Red River was slapping against the County Road 18 bridge south of Oxbow on Sunday afternoon, and it wasn’t known how much longer the bridge would remain open. The Red is forecast to crest near Hickson at 36.1 feet on Monday, 3 feet higher than its level at 8:45 p.m. Sunday.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call Sunday afternoon from someone concerned there wasn’t proper signage in place to warn motorists of an inundated section of 130th Avenue South, but the signage was there, a deputy said.

The Clay County Highway Department is posting flood photos on its website, including the photo below of 80th Street South in Elmwood Township.

The Clay County Highway Department posted this photo on its website Saturday of 80th Street South in Elmwood Township.

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I've been pounding out paragraphs at The Forum since 2002. As the early reporter here, one of my morning duties is to comb through the overnight police blotter, which usually produces some newsy nuggets and a few head-shakers. As for my background, I'm a native North Dakotan with a bachelor's degree in journalism from UND. I spent four years as a reporter at a Forum-owned newspaper in Minnesota before moving to Fargo.