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Published February 11, 2011, 09:16 AM

Fargo school raising floodwall, cofferdam

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo school that was heavily damaged by Red River floodwaters in 2009 is taking more precautions as this year's spring flooding season nears.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A Fargo school that was heavily damaged by Red River floodwaters in 2009 is taking more precautions as this year's spring flooding season nears.

Oak Grove Lutheran School is adding 2 feet to the permanent floodwall on the school's east side to protect to a river level of 42 feet. The school also plans to raise the top of its steel cofferdam by 1 foot, using plywood and plastic.

Floodwaters forced their way under the dam two years ago, inundating two buildings and causing $1.8 million in damage.

Campus spokeswoman AnnMarie Campbell tells The Forum newspaper that the school didn't have any flooding problems last spring. The National Weather Service says there's an equal chance the river this spring will beat last year's crest, which was the sixth-highest on record.

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