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Published March 03, 2011, 10:11 AM

Valley City Leaders: All the tools are in place to fight back the water

Valley City leaders still say they are preparing for the worst and have all the tools already in place to fight back the water. The city has 125,000 sandbags at the ready and 3600 feet of Hesco bags. With the new flood prediction saying the Sheyenne only has a 50-percent chance to reach 17-feet, they city says its sitting pretty good.

Valley City, ND (WDAY TV) - The new flood forecast for Valley City is better than it was a few weeks ago. The projections in the flood outlook actually dropped for the Sheyenne by more than a foot. There's a 70 percent chance it'll top nearly 15 feet. The Lisbon and Kindred outlook stayed the same.

Valley City leaders still say they are preparing for the worst and have all the tools already in place to fight back the water.

The city has 125,000 sandbags at the ready and 3600 feet of Hesco bags. With the new flood prediction saying the Sheyenne only has a 50-percent chance to reach 17-feet, they city says its sitting pretty good.

JON CAMERON - Valley City Administrator: "At this point compared to 2009 we are much farther ahead with the preparations and what we need to do than what we were in 2009. So I feel pretty good about where we are at now."

Cameron also says the city has its flood manual in place, describing in detail what the city will do if the Sheyenne rises over 17-feet. Things like where they will need to add clay to dikes, and where if at all people will need to be evacuated from. Cameron also says the city has outside vendors ready incase they need to bring in more sandbags.

The city does not have a color coded flood map for evacuation routes in place like it did in 2009.

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