Engineer concerned with potential impact of rain on weakened North Dakota dam

CAVALIER, N.D. (AP) — An engineer heading planned reconstruction of an aging dam in northeastern North Dakota warned the state’s governor Monday that upcoming rainfall could add pressure to the earthen structure already weakened by flooding.

Zach Hermann, of Fargo-based Houston Engineering, told Gov. Doug Burgum and other state and local officials that he’s hoping the predicted precipitation will be spread out and not affect stabilization efforts on the 65-year-old Bourbanis Dam upstream of Cavalier.

Last week, North Dakota National Guard Black Hawk helicopters dropped more than 200 1-ton sandbags on the dam. A Minnesota National Guard Chinook helicopter brought in two 5-ton water pumps capable of pumping 4,000 gallons per minute.


May 10, 2022