Conrad monitoring Belcourt flooding as spring thaw begins

Kent Conrad

FARGO – Spring is fast approaching, and for communities across North Dakota, that often means the onslaught of flood waters.

Belcourt, N.D., and other communities in central Rolette County are already seeing the impact of the spring thaw, as flood waters threaten homes and businesses there. The county is also home to the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation.

In the first of what will likely be many similar statements from North Dakota’s congressional delegation this spring, Sen. Kent Conrad said today he is monitoring the situation in Belcourt.

He praised local leaders for taking necessary precautions in advance.

“As spring nears, we confront the real threat of severe flooding in every corner of our state. The flood waters in and around Belcourt are a reminder of our need to remain vigilant,” Conrad said in a statement.

“The reports I’m hearing indicate that emergency responders have acted quickly and decisively to limit the impact of the flooding,” he added. “I applaud their efforts and will continue to monitor the situation in Belcourt closely in the days and weeks to come.”

Conrad said he’s convening a meeting of mayors from across North Dakota with leaders from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Thursday to discuss preparations for expected spring floods.