Several state government buildings closing as winter storm rolls through North Dakota

Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff
Photo by: WDAY Radio Staff

(Bismarck, ND) -- Governor Doug Burgum has directed the Capitol and other state facilities in the Bismarck area to close at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday due to blizzard conditions.

“Team member safety is our top priority," said Burgum. "We also have a duty and responsibility to continue serving the public. We’re grateful to those who continue to provide essential state services in challenging conditions for the safety and well-being of our citizens, including the North Dakota Department of Transportation and Highway Patrol members working out in these harsh conditions as they have done throughout this long winter.”

Unless otherwise noted, state facilities plan to reopen at 8 a.m. Wednesday.

North Dakota has prepared for the blizzard with a whole-of-government approach, Burgum said, noting the state has activated its Emergency Operations Center and is coordinating with partners and local emergency managers across the state to ensure that resources, including search and rescue, are available if needed.

In the meantime, several North Dakota Department of Human Services offices that provide direct client services in Devils Lake, Jamestown, Minot, Rolla, Valley City and Williston closed at noon and will be closed tomorrow, April 13th, due to dangerous weather and road conditions. The Bismarck location had already been closed Tuesday, and will be Wednesday as well.

Child support customers can conduct normal business 24-hours a day on that division’s secure website.