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Mercer & Oliver County Spring Flood Status as of January 22nd, 2020!!

FYI to all Mercer and Oliver County Residents,

Right now for our area, we are not expecting any flooding, unless conditions change drastically in the next couple months, which is a possibility. The snow pack to the west of us is very low & as of 2 weeks ago the snowpack in the Mountains, that would affect the Garrison Dam & Lake Sakakawea, was below normal levels.

The National Weather Service in Bismarck, state they don’t have flooding concerns for our area at this time, but we still have a lot of winter left and historically March is the month we get the most snow/precipitation.

As for purchasing Flood Insurance: I would always advise residents to get flood insurance whether we are expecting a flood event or not, I believe it takes 60-90 days for this insurance to go into effect once purchased. Please check with your insurance agent. If they don’t sell flood insurance, they should be able to direct you to someone who does.

 

Accumulating Snow May Impact Thanksgiving Travel Over the Northern Plains!

The National Weather Service in Bismarck states that a Winter Storm is Possible over the Northern Plains with widespread accumulating snow. Expect gusty winds and hazardous travel where the storm occurs. Unsure of the snow amounts, exactly where the greatest impacts from the storm will occur and the timing.  For full report go to the Situation Report link:  https://www.weather.gov/media/bis/sitreport/SitReport1.pdf

Stay Safe & keep up to date on the weather at www.weather.gov/bis.

Mercer & Oliver County, ND Area Winter Storm Update for October 9th through October 12th!

As Per the National Weather Service in Bismarck, ND:

There will be Two Rounds of Snow Expected for our Area:

1st Round: Snow will begin today, October 9th, around 6:00PM and End Early Thursday morning, October 10th, around 1:00AM

Expect: Between 8 – 12 inches of snow for Mercer County area and 12 – 18 inches for Oliver County Area. Wind gust will be 35 mph.

2nd Round: Begins Friday Morning, October 11th, and ends Saturday Night, October 12th.

                Expect: 12” or more of Snow for both Mercer & Oliver Counties.

                                Wind gusts will be 40-45 mph, blizzard conditions possible.

Impacts Include: Difficult Travel, Tree Damage, Possible Power Outages, and Agricultural.

Expect this snow to melt, slowly and temperatures to be in the 30’s-40’s daytime & 20’s-30’s nighttime for next 6-10 days.

Stay Safe & keep up-to-date with the weather at: https://www.weather.gov

 

Mercer & Oliver Counties are now in a Burn Ban that is tied to the ND Fire Danger Ratings Map!

As of April 23rd, 2019 Mercer & Oliver Counties, which includes all Cities within the counties, will be under a Stage I Burn Ban ONLY WHEN the ND Fire Danger Ratings Map shows high, very high, extreme and/or a Red Flag warning has been issued for Mercer County and/or Oliver County. You can see the ND Fire Danger Ratings Map if you go to the following website & scroll down to the middle: https://www.ndresponse.gov/burn-ban-restrictions-fire-danger-maps  (Note: The Fire Danger Ratings map changes daily).

A Stage I Burn Ban means:

No controlled burns, no large pit fires and no burning garbage of any kind.

No throwing cigarette butts or anything out in a grassy area or any area that may start to burn.

No Special burning permission will be given for any reason.

But,

You can have a Campfire in a developed recreational site or improved site, while always keeping an eye on it.

You can use grills and units that have an on/off switch in an area that you can safely operate without starting a fire.

Remember even though you are allowed some options to burn this doesn’t absolve an individual or organization from liability or responsibility for any fire started by the allowed activity.

And Remember…

 ANY INDIVIDUAL WHO WILLFULLY VIOLATES THIS BURN BAN IS GUILTY OF A CLASS B MISDEMEANOR (NDCC 37-17.1-10.1) PUNISHABLE BY A FINE OF UP TO $1500 AND 30 DAYS IN JAIL. THE MERCER & OLIVER COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENTS ARE AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE CITATIONS TO VIOLATORS.

When the Burn Ban is lifted, we are asking that all controlled burns be reported to the Sheriff’s office, 745-3333, when the fire starts and then another call when the fire has been extinguished. Thank You!

 

 

 

 

Significant Snow Accumulations & Dangerous Wind Chills starting Sunday Morning, February 3rd, 2019

The National Weather Service out of Bismarck is forecasting that the Mercer & Oliver County Areas, can expect from 4 – 8″ of snow from Sunday morning through Monday morning and wind chills to be near -31 Degrees Fahrenheit all next week.  A Winter Storm Warning will be in effect from 9 am (CST) on Sunday morning through noon on Monday, February 4th, 2019.

Please stay safe and keep up to date on the weather at: www.weather.gov/bis.

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