Morton County declares snow emergency

Morton County declares snow emergency due to impacts of spring snow storm


MANDAN, ND – Due to record snowfall, excessive winds and drifting snow which has resulted in impacts that exceed available citizen and county resources, the Morton County Commission has declared a snow emergency for all of Morton County.


The declaration was signed during the Morton County Commission meeting held tonight.


The emergency declaration allows the county to use emergency funds, and in the event there is a Statewide Disaster Declaration, the county could apply for reimbursement. The cost of county snow removal, equipment repairs and citizen impacts is likely to be significantly beyond current budget allowance.


“From heavy snow to high winds, this April storm has created significant challenges for our citizens, highway department crew and sheriff’s patrol,” said Morton County Commission Chairman Nathan Boehm. “While we were prepared as much as possible with equipment and staff, the magnitude of the storm’s impacts will likely result in the county looking for assistance from the state in emergency funding.”


Morton County is committed to keeping emergency routes open and has made extraordinary efforts to keep roads passable, but continued snowfall, blowing snow, excessive winds, and stalled or stranded vehicles on roadways have impeded progress.


In addition to the travel impacts, the heavy, wet snow with low visibility has caused substantial consequences for those in agriculture whose livestock were stressed or perished in the storm.