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NDSU Extension Contacts for Flood Preparedness & Recovery

With flood issues at different stages in different parts of North Dakota, NDSU Extension and other NDSU faculty and staff can provide you with a variety of how-to information regarding flood preparedness and recovery. You’re welcome to use these resources in your publications, in your broadcasts, online and in other ways giving credit to NDSU Extension.


NDSU Extension county office contacts:

Here is a list of NDSU contacts who are available for interviews to discuss flood issues.

If you need assistance on a topic not listed, contact Becky Koch at 701-231-7875,; Ellen Crawford at 701-231-5391,; or Kelli Anderson at 701-231-6136,


General Flooding Issues

Flood expert on a variety of topics, such as preparing for flooding (rural and urban), sandbag filling, dike building and cleaning up after a flood – Ken Hellevang- agricultural engineer, 701-231-7243,

Sump pumps – Tom Scherer – agricultural engineer, 701-231-7239,

Crops and Livestock

Livestock indemnity, insurance and related issues because of flooding – Bryon Parman – ag finance specialist, 701-231-8248,

Livestock care

  • Gerald Stokka – veterinarian and livestock stewardship specialist based in Fargo, 701-231-5082,
  • John Dhuyvetter – livestock systems specialist based at North Central Research Extension Center, Minot – 701-857-7682,
  • Janna Block – livestock systems specialist based at Hettinger REC – 701-567-4323,
  • Karl Hoppe – livestock systems specialist based at Carrington REC – 701-652-2951,
  • Lisa Pederson – livestock specialist based at Central Grasslands REC, Streeter – 701-424-3606,


Safe pesticide storage – Andrew Thostenson – pesticide program specialist, 701-231-8050,

Stress and Family Finances

Ways to avoid stress during a flood and talking with children about flooding – Sean Brotherson – family science specialist, 701-231-6143,

Family finances – Carrie Johnson – personal and family finance specialist, 701-231-8593,

Food Safety

Food issues when losing electricity and other possible food safety problems – Julie Garden-Robinson – food and nutrition specialist, 701-231-7187,

Weather and Climate

Daryl Ritchison – N.D. Agricultural Weather Network director, 701-231-8209,

Adnan Akyuz – state climatologist – 701-231-6577,

Videos for Cable Access Channels, Websites, Etc.


Building a Sandbag Dike at

Sandbag Safety Tips at

Planning Ahead: Sump Pump Tips at

Electric Backup Sump Pumps for Houses at

Back-up Sump Pump Battery Selection, Installation and Maintenance at

Planning Ahead: Plugging Household Drains video at

Planning Ahead: Portable Generator Safety at

Preparing to Evacuate Your Home when Flooding is Imminent – series of five short videos —


Flooded House Clean-up – five short narrated PowerPoints —

Flooded Home – six short videos —

Flood-Damaged Home – series of eight short videos —

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