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Published April 04, 2011, 10:25 AM

Army Corps Commander takes a look at temporary flood measures

Oakport, Minn. (WDAY TV) - The commander of the Army Corps made a rare stop to the metro to get a glimpse of the temporary flood measures. Major General Michael Walsh says seeing the work in place or being worked on shows we are well prepared to hold back rising water.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

Major General Michael Walsh got a first hand look at the temporary measures now being worked on places like Oakport, North Fargo, and North Moorhead. Walsh toured flood prone neighborhoods by bus with the respective mayors and other leaders. The two hour tour lasted longer than expected.

Walsh is confident the communities are well prepared in advance for a worst case scenario should the Red River come close to the 2009 record level of 40 point 8 feet.

MAJOR GENERAL MICHAEL WALSH - Army Corps of Engineers: “I think the preparations are way in advance from what I saw in 2009. Certainly the city was just in the beginning stages of filling sandbags around now. Now they have three million sandbags, so I mean the community has really pulled together.”

As always with any flood, there are risks and concerns. Walsh says you can never be too careful. He's advising everyone to listen to local leaders in the days ahead, take care of flood protection, and have an evacuation plan.

The Corps will have its emergency managers and hydrologists here to help local leaders.