MAYVILLE, ND – Water is still high in low-lying areas, but across much of eastern North Dakota water levels dropped on Tuesday, April 26.
In Mayville, North Dakota, standing water still reached the front deck of the pizzeria and surrounded the town’s street store and truck storage building. The Goose River still ran through the park next to the river, but the roads were clear.
Sue Strand, one of the owners of Hardware Hank May-Port in Mayville, said a few homes had to sandbag to stay dry, but most of the town was free of flooding or major damage.
“We’re hoping maybe the water will go down a bit,” she said.
The closest river gauge to Mayville is the Goose River near Portland, North Dakota, where the river peaked at 25.9 feet Monday night. The Weather Service does not provide flood levels for the gauge near Portland.
The Northwood Golf Course, a few miles from Northwood along the Goose River, was still almost completely flooded Tuesday afternoon. The Goose River flowed down a road near the golf course, one of the few roads that remained covered in water.
Not far from the golf course is a massive sinkhole at Steele County Drain #11.
Downstream of Northwood and Mayville, the Goose River peaked in Hillsboro early Tuesday morning at 15.95 feet, just before the major flood stage of 16 feet for the city. In Hillsboro, the Goose River flood stage is 10 feet and the moderate flood stage is 13 feet.
A flood warning remains in effect for Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Grand Forks, Griggs, Nelson, Steele and Walsh counties until 3:45 p.m. Wednesday, and a flood advisory remains in effect for parts of Grand Forks, Barnes, Cass, Griggs. , Steele and Traill counties until 4 p.m. Wednesday.
For the most part, the threat of flooding has shifted further north as tributaries of the Red River, such as the Goose River, let flood waters flow into the main river. The Red River is expected to peak at Grand Forks and Oslo, Minnesota, on Wednesday, at Drayton, North Dakota, and Pembina, North Dakota, early next week.