BISMARCK (AP) - Flooding is causing headaches in some small towns and rural areas in northern North Dakota, though no major damage or injuries have been reported.
In the northeastern part of the state, the Forest River in Walsh County has swamped U.S. Highway 81 near Minto, shutting down the road south of the town of 650 people.
Chris Lizakowski on Monday used an all-terrain vehicle to drag a canoe along the highway, to take his cousin, Tisha Denault, and her 1-year-old daughter, Keysha, to higher ground after they had sandbagged Lizakowski's home, the Grand Forks Herald reported.
"That was a little scary," Denault said as she reached dry pavement.
They were among dozens of residents who scrambled Monday to sandbag a few homes that sit near the banks of the river, which rose more than 3 feet in less than a day.
The Park River also has flooded some rural roads and threatened isolated homes in Walsh County.
"This is the worst it's been since '97," homeowner Charlotte Tverberg told the Herald.
Residents of Crystal, a small Pembina County town on a branch of the Park River, tell WDAZ-TV that they're dealing with the worst flooding they have seen in about a decade. Residents used sandbags to keep houses, farms and the school dry. At least one home had basement damage and some roads flooded.
Some rural roads in the Devils Lake region also have flooded. State Highway 15 was closed near Fessenden on Tuesday because of a flooded underpass, according to the state Transportation Department.
In north central North Dakota, the Des Lacs and Souris rivers have been flooding in rural areas. Some people in the Logan, Des Lacs, and Burlington areas have been using sandbags and clay levees to keep water away from roads and homes.