Date: January 3rd, 2017

Agency: SWC Planning and Education Division

Contact: Jessie Wald (701) 328-2782

Based upon snowfall amounts through the first few days of January, the State Water Commission recognizes the growing potential for floor risks along the Cannonball River near ND Highway 1806.

The protest camp is located on low ground near the confluence of Cantapeta Creek, the Cannonball River, and the Missouri River. Potential flooding during the spring of 2017 presents a significant threat to people and property at that location.
According to the National Weather Service, the Bismarck-Mandan area has received 53.1 inches of snow to-date, which is the highest total through January 2nd on record. These snowfall accumulations, along with several other factors, will impact potential flooding this spring.

“There are multiple circumstances in determining possible flooding,” said State Engineer Garland Erbele. “Snowfall amounts for the remainder of this winter, the timing of spring melt, future rainfall events, and potential ice jams will all influence flows in Cantapeta Creek, the Cannonball River, and the Missouri River/Lake Oahe. We are committed to public safety and we will continue to closely monitor conditions as they change and develop throughout the winter months and during the spring melt.”