Burleigh County Sheriff's Department
Areas that were requested to voluntarily evacuate are being patrolled by the Sheriff's Department in marked patrol vehicles, unmarked vehicles, patrol boats, and aerial surveillance. The Sheriff's Department and the Highway Department continue to monitor roads and access issues throughout the day.
Neighborhood Watch Program
Burleigh County areas interested in this program are asked to contact the Burleigh County Sheriff's Department: 222-6651.
ND Game and Fish Department
August 31, 2011: River Restrictions Lifted Thursday
The North Dakota Game and Fish Department will remove the idle-speed-only and dusk-to-dawn restrictions for boaters on the Missouri and Heart rivers in the Bismarck-Mandan area, effective at 6 a.m. on Thursday, Sept. 1.
With the river level predicted to drop below the 14-foot stage by about noon Central Time on Wednesday, department officials felt it was the right time to lift restrictions. "We are waiting until Thursday morning to lift restrictions so we have time to assess boat ramp status," said Director Terry Steinwand. "We know how important outdoor recreation is to North Dakotans, and this provides an opportunity for water enthusiasts to enjoy the river before the boating season is completely over."
Watercraft operators are encouraged to use common courtesy while navigating the river, as some potential hazards exist. "Safety must be on the minds of everyone because the current is still rather high and water temperatures continue to drop," Steinwand said.
The water level is still high enough, Steinwand emphasizes, where isolated properties are still affected by flood conditions. "In this type of situation we ask boaters to be courteous and move farther out into the channel," he said.
In addition, the North Dakota Department of Emergency Services said Coast Guard restrictions placed on the river have also been rescinded.
The nearest public boat ramps that are currently open in the Bismarck-Mandan area are Steckel (Wilton), Hazelton and Ft. Rice.
Fisheries crews are currently working on the MacLean ramp, which should be opened by the weekend. In addition, Kimball and Graner ramps are being assessed and it's anticipated they may be usable within the next week.
Though water levels are still too high on Grant Marsh and Little Heart ramps, it is possible they could become operational yet this year.
Kniefel Landing, Hoge Island and Fox Island ramps will likely remain closed this year.
"Erosion and shoreline damage was experienced at all ramps, and we urge the public to use extreme caution near ramps and all bordering shoreline as conditions have changed dramatically this summer," Steinwand said.
May 24, 2011: Idle-Speed-Only Zone Established on Missouri River
June 21, 2011: The North Dakota Game and Fish Department has established an emergency rule prohibiting boat operation between sunset and sunrise on the Missouri and Heart Rivers in the Bismarck-Mandan area.
The boundaries for the prohibited operation zone are the same as for the Game and Fish Department's idle-speed-only zone established on May 24.
The north boundary is the power lines approximately 1,000 feet south of the Steckel (Wilton) boat ramp, about 23 river miles north of Bismarck.
The southern boundary is the MacLean Bottoms Wildlife Management Area boat ramp about 19 miles south of Bismarck, and the Heart River from its confluence with the Missouri back to the N.D. Highway 6 bridge.
The special rule is in effect until further notice.
ND Governor's Office
June 24, 2011: Governor Issues Executive Order Limiting Access to Flood Areas
Burleigh County Commission requested the Governor to limit access to inundated flood areas exclusively to those persons who reside in the flooded areas. Governor Dalrymple concurred and has issued an Executive Order stating that "access to all areas in Burleigh County that are inundated by flood waters shall be limited to residents of those inundated areas."
Areas that were requested to voluntarily evacuate are being patrolled by the Sheriff's Department in marked patrol vehicles, unmarked vehicles, and patrol boats. Criminal Trespassing is a Class B misdemeanor ($1,000 fine and up to 30 days in jail).
The executive order does not apply to law enforcement, emergency services personnel, public and private utility workers or to media personnel engaged in reporting on newsgathering activities.
US Coast Guard Safety Zone now in effect for Missouri River
May 28, 2011: A US Coast Guard Safety Zone requested by Burleigh and Morton Counties is now in effect and enforceable with higher penalties of $40,000 and up to $250,000. This safety zone is designed to reduce or eliminate damages from boat wakes to protective measures and infrastructure. Boaters are required to keep speeds at the lowest level that still allows steerage. This safety is in effect until further notice.