Beltrami County Board to meet Friday to discuss flooding state of emergency

Featured photo: Sergeant Grimsley captured this photo of the Nelson Dam Road completely underwater.

Beltrami County is in a state of emergency due to flooding from heavy rain and late snowmelt after several feet of snowfall over the winter.

Beltrami County Board Chair Tim Sumner made the declaration Tuesday morning, according to the release.

Gravel and township roads were already in rough shape from frost heaves, snowmelt, and various precipitation in April.

Preliminary estimates suggest tens of thousands of dollars of damages and expenses from the emergency response to flooding.

The county will likely exceed the threshold to qualify for state disaster assistance reimbursements. Local governments and agencies with flood-related damages and expenses should report them to Emergency Management Director Chris Muller.

Overland flooding is a continuing situation with the likelihood of more rain this weekend.

Drivers are reminded to avoid roads with water over them, as most flooding deaths are from driving into flooded roadways.

The Beltrami County Board will have a special meeting on Friday, April 29, 2022, at 10:00 am in the Beltrami County Board Room to discuss the emergency declaration.

 

 


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