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Published March 28, 2013, 10:00 PM

Forecasters see county rivers moving soon

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If forecasters are right, rivers around the county should start breaking up and moving by late next week.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - If forecasters are right, rivers around the county should start breaking up and moving by late next week.

So Wilkin County officials are keeping a close eye on weather conditions to make sure the proper preparations are made for a potential flood.

The best case scenario would be for things to start breaking up by the end of next week, that way snow in the ditches can melt making room for more water.

Wilkin County has about 200 miles of ditches and culverts. A lot of work has been done on them over the last several years, and almost none of them have been tested yet, so it’s still unsure how beneficial they'll be to the county. Crews have been busy clearing the snow to make sure the areas are ready once water starts to flow.

Tom Richels, Wilkin County Engineer: “This year with the ditches being bigger we hope they're going to be able to store more water and the bigger they are, it slows the velocity down a little bit and that all helps.”

The biggest threat is overland flooding is in rural areas like Doran, Foxhome, and Wolverton.

Richels: “Once the gauge gets up around 12, 13, 14 feet, which is major flood stage, that is when we start having water over roads and water around some of the farmstead and some of the rural concerns. The county highway department will have a lot more to do this spring then the city, road street department because of the type of flood that it's going be and the protection now in place for the city.”

The City of Breckenridge is protected up to 21 feet. There is a 10 percent chance the river will reach 20 feet. A flood wall will be put in place on Main Street if the water reaches 11 feet.

Another preparation meeting will be held next week.

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