Southeast ND town lost water service, was stranded from help during storm

Photo sent in from viewer Gloria Gackle. 3/15/19
Photo sent in from viewer Gloria Gackle. 3/15/19

KULM, N.D. — Residents of a southeast North Dakota city have been asked to conserve water after needing to wait for repairs to their water tower during this week's winter storm.

Kulm, N.D., Mayor Dale Gackle says a pump in the city's water tower broke around 10 a.m. on Thursday, March 14. The city received about 14 inches of snow from this week's winter storm, and with poor visibility and snowdrifts, Gackle said emergency crews couldn't reach the town to make repairs until Friday.

Kulm, a city of around 334 people about 55 miles south of Jamestown, had to wait for a repair worker from Montana-Dakota Utilities to fix their water tower's pump house, Gackle said. Around Friday at noon, the utility worker was able to make it into Kulm with the help of a snow plow.

Water was turned on at 3 p.m., according to a new post on the city's Facebook page.

After the water was turned on, city crews realized they had a water main break, according to Mayor Gackle's wife Gloria.

Mrs. Gackle said they anticipate water services to resume sometime Friday night.

The city is still urging residents to conserve water at this time.