Dalrymple Declares Flood Emergency for Ward County
WHEREAS, I, Jack Dalrymple, Governor of the State of North Dakota, by the authority vested in me, do hereby proclaim a flood emergency for Ward County based on rapidly rising water levels on Rice Lake and other surface waters; and
WHEREAS, high amounts of precipitation during three of the four previous winters have saturated soil and significantly increased the water level of lakes and sloughs, many of which have no natural outlet for excess waters; and
WHEREAS, rising water at Rice Lake has flooded several lakeside homes and threatens others, forcing the relocation or abandonment of homes located near the lake and recently causing damage to a portion of the Rice Lake sewage system; and
WHEREAS, road infrastructure remains threatened by high water and wave action, imperiling access to homes and farms; and
WHEREAS, continued rising water threatens transportation infrastructure, public and private property, and sewage and water systems.
NOW; THEREFORE, I order total utilization of the North Dakota State Emergency Operations Plan to respond to the situation, assist local and tribal officials, alleviate hardships, and implement appropriate recovery actions and future mitigation measures to limit the hardships and impact of this emergency, and facilitate restoration of services and infrastructure.
This order is issued upon the following basis and for the following reasons:
- The Governor is vested with the executive authority pursuant to Article V, Section 1 of the North Dakota Constitution; and,
- The Governor is vested with statutory authority to issue executive orders to minimize or avert the effects of a disaster or emergency pursuant to Chapter 37-17.1 of the North Dakota Century Code; and,
- A coordinated and effective effort of all state departments is required to minimize the impact of disasters and emergencies in this state.
Executed at Bismarck, North Dakota, this 15th day of June, 2012.