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Published October 25, 2011, 09:50 PM

Sheyenne River flood stages near Kindred being lowered

Kindred, ND (WDAY TV) - The National Weather Service is lowering what is considered major and moderate flood stage on the Sheyenne River in Kindred.

The National Weather Service is lowering what is considered major and moderate flood stage on the Sheyenne River in Kindred.

Water swirls in large eddies north of the route 46 bridge in Kindred. This bridge was put in around a dozen years ago. The bottom of the bridge is lower than the previous bridge and that is holding back water during a flood.

Ken Blilie – Kindred Public Works Director: “The river can't handle the volume that it used to handle.”

Because of this the national weather service is lowering what is considered moderate flooding in Kindred form 20 to 19 feet. And it is lowering the major flooding levels from 22 to 20.5 feet.

Ken Blilie: “It doesn't really affect Kindred that much. It's more of a more exact relationship to give the people outside of the city and in town more of a realistic level as to what the river can get.”

It's outside of Kindred that has seen major problems from flooding like along this stretch of route 46 west of town where the river has broken out and moved north all the way to Davenport. In addition to the route 46 bridge being replaced, this old bridge was replaced in 2004 with that new span, and the bridge deck is a couple of feet lower and that adds to the back up concerns upstream. Here on the Hermes Farm south of Kindred they are all to familiar with the back up.

Jacob Hermes – Rural Kindred Resident: “Ah right about up to that fence line it came to behind our garage.”

Jacob Hermes thinks the new flood levels will give a better picture of the flooding here.

Jacob Hermes: “Kindred never really saw how high the water actually got it backed up pretty good.”

He's sure that the two lowered bridges down stream are causing water to back up on to there farm.

Jacob Hermes: “That's the highest that we've ever recorded living out here and we've been here for 18 years.”

While it may be a more accurate picture they wish something would be done to address the problem. The Sheyenne in Kindred has only hit the old major flood level twice, and both of those times were before the new bridge was put in.

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