Mandan News

Heart River reaches flood stage

Ice jammed the Heart River on Wednesday, March 12. (photo by Dustin White)

Ice jammed the Heart River on Wednesday, March 12. (photo by Dustin White)


On Wednesday, the Morton County Emergency Management announced that the Heart River in Mandan was at flood stage.

A hydrograph reading at the time was 17.05 feet. 17 feet is “flood stage.” The major impacts between 17-23 feet is flooding of woods and farmland. Above 23 feet, flooding of structures west of Mandan and north of I-94 Business Loop is possible.

Morton County advised residents in the effected area to remain watchful of the river level, and stay tuned to media outlets as the situation progresses.

At the time of the announcement, there was a large sheet of ice at the mouth of the Heart River, but water was still slowly flowing through. Ice chunks also remained jammed along the levee system within the City of Mandan; however, there appeared to be no threat of flooding within the city limits.

Residents in the affected area desiring sand or sand bags should phone Morton County Emergency Management at 667-3307. If requested, sand and sand bags will be available at 2916 37th Street NW on the east side of the building.