Cass County roads remain closed after floodwater recedes

Many rural Cass County roads are no longer flooded, but remained closed as of Monday, April 15. Andrew Nelson / WDAY
Many rural Cass County roads are no longer flooded, but remained closed as of Monday, April 15. Andrew Nelson / WDAY

HARWOOD, N.D. — Flooding is beginning to subside in the southern Red River Valley, and the surfaces of many Cass County roads are becoming visible again as water disappears.

More than 160 miles of road were closed across the county in recent weeks because of floods, and though water has receded from many, barricades will remain in place until they are inspected for safety.

Water rushing over gravel roads can cause washouts, and though a road might look safe to drive on, it may actually be unstable.

Cass County Engineer Jason Benson warns against driving on roads that haven't yet been inspected.

"Whether it's a county gravel road or a township road, just be very aware that if you haven't been on that road since the flood, conditions could have changed," Benson said. "There might be a washout and that could be very dangerous."

Crews started inspecting roads for damage Monday, April 15, and they won't start repairing damage until the end of the week. It could take until June for repairs to be finished on the most heavily damaged roads.