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Deputies stress caution in northern Cass County flooding

ARGUSVILLE, N.D.

Cass County's Otter Team
Cass County's Otter Team travels southbound on flooded Interstate 29 near Argusville Monday morning. The boat teams were mobilized for an evacuation request near Grandin, N.D., but were recalled soon after because the family was taken to safety by local fire department crews. I-29 has been closed since Sunday due to overland flooding, but emergency response teams are still allowed to travel on the roadway as needed. Kristen Daum / The Forum

ARGUSVILLE, N.D. - Cass County sheriff's deputies are keeping an eye out for potential problems here north of Fargo, where overland flooding continues to surround homes and inundate roadways.

Sheriff Paul Laney said some drivers continue to ignore barricades for closed roadways, and there have also been issues with speeding on detour routes.

With the closure of Interstate 29 from Cass County Road 20 to Exit 100, traffic has been rerouted by way of Interstate 94 to Casselton and Cass 18 north to near Hillsboro.

Deputies reported several drivers were caught speeding overnight through the rural communities of Hunter and Arthur, both north of Casselton.

North of West Fargo, a semi driver was forced to turn around Monday morning after he ignored a road closure sign posted on Cass County Road 17, where floodwaters have taken over the roadway in parts.

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Sheriff's deputies said the driver told them he was trying to get to Grand Forks using back roads because I-29 was closed.

Authorities again cautioned drivers to travel with care and, for their own safety, obey road closures and posted signs.

Cass County's Otter Team
Interstate 29 remained closed Monday due to overland flooding that inundates the roadway from about Cass County Road 4 in Argusville southward to Harwood. North of Argusville, I-29 remains mostly dry but is closed through Exit 100 to direct traffic on a detour route through Cass County. Kristen Daum / The Forum

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