Flooding still a concern, emergency declaration for Beltrami expected

Overland flooding is still a problem in some areas.

Beltrami County Emergency Management says never to take a chance on a road with water over it because of the possibility of washouts.

Most flood deaths are from driving into flooded roadways. If homes flood, disconnect power sources to avoid electrical shock. Limited resources are available for private property.

Flooded roadways that aren’t marked with barricades or warning markers and flags should be reported to the 911 center. More precipitation is on the way and some snow is still on the ground.

Townships are encouraged to report damages to Emergency Management Director Chris Muller as soon as possible.

Beltrami County Sheriff Ernie Beitel said Tuesday that the county is collecting information for an emergency declaration to help cover costs of flood damage with FEMA dollars.

The county board will have to meet to formalize the declaration, which is expected this week.

Sergeant Grimsley encountered the Nelson Dam Road completely underwater on 4-25.

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