MORTON COUNTY, N.D. - Early Tuesday morning, the North Dakota Department of Transportation snow plows were diverted to southern Morton County because of safety concerns for those in the Dakota Access Pipeline protest camps.
The NDDOT cleared snow from Highway 6 to Highway 24 and then to Highway 1806 in cooperation with the Bureau of Indian Affairs to check the status of the main camp.
The BIA asked camp leaders if they were in need of assistance and their response was "no." BIA reported that people were moving about freely with no sense of urgency and some were moving south out of the camp on their own.
Morton County Emergency Services did not receive any request for assistance from the camps during this storm. However, Morton County Emergency Manager Tom Doering coordinated with Standing Rock Emergency Manager Elliott Ward to send an emergency alert throughout the day to the camps informing them of the shelters set up at Fort Yates High School gym and the Prairie Nights Casino pavilion.
“The state of North Dakota and Morton County stand ready to support humanitarian assistance should a request be made, but at this time no formal request has been made from Standing Rock or the protest camps,” said North Dakota Department of Emergency Services Director Alan Dohrmann.
The North Dakota National Guard is also on standby with six buses to assist as needed.
Shelters were set up Monday and Tuesday in Mandan and New Salem to assist individuals leaving the protest camp.
Morton County's full press release is attached to this article.