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Published January 19, 2012, 06:31 PM

City engineers staying up on latest flood protection technology

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A lack of snow this year has some thinking we may finally have a flood-free spring. But Fargo city officials are taking no chances.

A lack of snow this year has some thinking we may finally have a flood-free spring. But Fargo city officials are taking no chances.

City engineers don't expect flooding to be nearly as bad as last year, but they say a heavy rain could change things and that it's important to be on top of the latest technology. The Red River is below the flood stage of 18 feet right now, but there's no doubt it'll rise above that in the spring.

But due to the lack of snow this winter, engineers say the chances of the river reaching 30 feet is just ten percent. Even so, they're staying up to date on the latest in flood protection products.

Today's expo at the Fargo Civic Center Arena is showcasing sandbags, flood walls, water pumps and much more. Engineers say it's better to be safe than sorry.

Rob Hasey – Fargo Civil Engineer: “You can get a bad rain, you hope that doesn't happen during the melt because that increases the rate of everything getting into the river so you hope for nor rain in the springtime during the melt.”

Hasey says by the first part of March, engineers will be able to calculate how much snow melt will affect the river.

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