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James River Levels and Conditions

A public meeting for LaMoure County residents will be held following the first issuance of the National Weather Service Spring Flood and Water Resources Outlook. Watch for more information on the exact date/time/location.

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 as winter releases will be 700cfs.

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

Due to ice conditions, the Adrian gage is no longer active.

LaMoure gage:

In 2019, the LaMoure gage reached two record levels:  On October 26, 2019, the gage reached 15.12ft and 5350cfs. On April 4, 2019, the LaMoure gage reached a peak of 15.95ft.  

Pipestem Reservoir Levels

Jamestown Reservoir Levels

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

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.

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