Originally Posted by heb4an12
We are moving from Alabama to Cogswell in April or May and are very excited. We have noticed on maps that there are a lot of lakes in the area. We've also been told of the last seasons rainfall. Has it ever flooded in this area?
I work for the Natl Weather Service in Grand Forks and we issue warnings/forecasts, etc for Sargent county. We also have coop observers in Forman...Havana...Gwinner...and Milnor. The short answer is the lakes dont pose any significant threat for flooding. Depending on the previous year or two rainfall lakes may run a bit high and take over local marshes or grassland surrounding the lake but to my knowledge they have never posed any flooding issues for towns (at least in my 9 years being in the area). There are no significant rivers in the area too so snowmelt flooding which is a major concern along the Red River does not pose much of a problem either.
Now...as in any area...if you get extreme rainfall from thunderstorms....say 5 or 6 inches in a short time period...you can get flooding of low lying areas not near any water bodies....just due to the rainfall rate being too high to soak in. My only concern is if you lived in a low spot or at the bottom of a hill which drains to your house...then there might be some water issues. Outside of that flooding down that way is of no more of a concern than any other part of the nation.