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Flood Update

Continued warm weather has resulted in the breakup and melting of river ice downstream of the dams to LaMoure.  Water temperatures have also increased.  In order to release as much flood storage as possible before winter sets in, releases from the Jamestown and Pipestem reservoirs will be increased beginning November 19th.

Be prepared for flooding at all times.  View the North Dakota Risk Assessment Map Service (NDRAM) site to display current flood risks, water surface elevations, and more information on your property:  Review your personal property insurance and talk with your insurance agent. Flood insurance can be purchased separately and has to be active for 30 days before it can be used.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Omaha District and The Bureau of Reclamation are notifying the public of the expected hazardous and constantly unstable winter ice condition on Pipestem Reservoir and Jamestown Reservoir in the coming winter months. Ice conditions will also be unstable along the James River in LaMoure County as well.

Below are links to help find information about the James River and other flood information.

National Weather Service Homepage for flood alerts:

National Weather Service Homepage for the James River at LaMoure: 

James River Levels

at Adrian gage:

On October 23, 2019, the Adrian gage reached 33.31ft and 4410cfs.  In 2010, the Adrian gage reached 32.5ft. On April 1, 2019, the Adrian gage reached a peak of 30.95ft.  

at LaMoure gage:

On October 26, 2019, the LaMoure gage reached 15.12ft and 5350cfs.  In 2010, the LaMoure gage reached 15.80ft.  On April 4, 2019, the LaMoure gage reached a peak of 15.95ft.  

Pipestem Reservoir Levels

Jamestown Reservoir Levels

Governor Burgum signed an executive order on October 21st declaring a statewide flood emergency to include LaMoure County and the City of LaMoure.

Attached is a presentation that was provided in Jamestown on October 29, 2019 at a Public Meeting regarding the James River releases.

James River Public Meeting-20191029.pdf

James River Historic Crests at LaMoure gage

(1) 17.56 ft on 04/15/2009

(2) 16.52 ft on 03/27/2009

(3) 16.20 ft on 05/24/1969

(4) 16.17 ft on 04/14/1969

(5) 16.09 ft on 04/01/1997

(6) 15.95ft on 04/04/2019

(7) 15.80 ft on 03/21/2010

(8) 15.34 ft on 05/16/1950

(9) 15.12 ft on 10/26/2019

(10) 14.85 ft on 03/21/1966

Major flood stage 18ft

Moderate flood stage 16 feet ~ 7,530 cfs

Flood stage 14.0 feet ~ 3,880 cfs

Action stage 12.0 feet ~ 2,690 cfs

Average level 7 to 8 feet

News & Updates

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