National Guard helping stabilize ND dam in danger of failing

CAVALIER, N.D. (AP) — The North Dakota National Guard is helping to stabilize a dam in Cavalier County that is in danger of breaking and causing even worse flooding in the area.

Gov. Doug Burgum, at the request of the Pembina County Emergency Management officials, authorized the National Guard to send two UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters to place sandbags each weighing 1 ton to help stop the Bourbanis dam from failing.

The Cavalier County Sheriff’s Department says Highway 5 east of Langdon from Highways 1 to 32 in Pembina County is closed until further notice.

The National Guard is working with the Pembina County Water District to stabilize the dam.

The National Weather Service continued a flood warning Tuesday for parts of northeastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, including the Red River of the North between the two states.