Cass County opens tactical operation center due to flooding

County leaders are working together in one room to monitor and respond to flooding emergencies.

An inside look at the Cass County Tactical Operations Center at the sheriff's office.
Matt Henson / WDAY

FARGO — With the worst of the spring flood expected to happen this weekend, Cass County is getting ready.

For the first time in three years, the county is opening its tactical operations center for the spring flood.

From sheriff's deputies, to the emergency management team, to county engineers, they are all tracking the rising water in one room.

"If we didn't have this setup someone calling looking for sandbags, if they called the dispatch center would have to forward that call to another person who might have to forward that call to another person, so it cuts that middle person out and get people directly to the resource that they need," said Cass County Sheriff Jesse Jahner.

With roads being closed and ditches filled with water, the Cass County emergency manager is asking people to sign up for CassClayAlerts . They could be critical in locating a sinking car more quickly.


"(The app) multiplies our force from the general public's eyes out there. When response time is critical, getting to those people in a rescue situation is certainly important for our responders," said Cass County emergency manager Jim Prochniak.

This weekend, the main focus of the operations center is the Harwood area and points south and east.

"There's still a lot of snow out there. There's a lot of ditches filled with water," Jahner said.

The command center is expected to remain open until the flood waters recede.

The Tactical Operations Center can be contacted directly at 701-241-8000.

Matt Henson is an Emmy award-winning reporter/photographer/editor for WDAY. Prior to joining WDAY in 2019, Matt was the main anchor at WDAZ in Grand Forks for four years. He was born and raised in the suburbs of Philadelphia and attended college at Lyndon State College in northern Vermont, where he was recognized twice nationally, including first place, by the National Academy for Arts and Science for television production. Matt enjoys being a voice for the little guy. He focuses on crimes and courts and investigative stories. Just as often, he shares tear-jerking stories and stories of accomplishment. Matt enjoys traveling to small towns across North Dakota and Minnesota to share their stories. He can be reached at and at 610-639-9215. When he's not at work (rare) Matt resides in Moorhead and enjoys spending time with his daughter, golfing and attending Bison and Sioux games.
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