50 homes flooded due to high water on Yellowstone River

BISMARCK — McKenzie County emergency manager Karolin Jappe said about 50 homes have been evacuated due to flooding on the Yellowstone River.

There are ice jams for miles along the Yellowstone River to the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers, the National Weather Service in Bismarck said Tuesday, March 26.

Ice is expected to continue to affect water levels on the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers for the next few days.

The Missouri River at Williston also has reached major flooding stage. The river was at 27.3 feet on Tuesday afternoon and is expected to crest at 28.9 feet on Friday, March 29.

Jappe said Tuesday that a majority of the homes that have been evacuated are located in the Fairview, Mont., area.

The North Dakota Department of Transportation and the state Highway Patrol closed Highway 200 between Cartwright and Fairview on Sunday due to water over the road. The stretch of road will remain closed until further notice, according to the DOT.

Many homes west of Cartwright along Highway 200 are flooded, as well, according to Jappe.

"There's probably more (homes that are flooded)," Jappe said, noting that the number could increase if water on the Yellowstone River does not subside.

Once ice has cleared east of Williston, water levels are expected to steadily decrease, according to National Weather Service.