F-M residents must prepare with new major flood forecastFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our long winter has us in for a major flood. That's according to The National Weather Service's new flood forecast, due out tomorrow.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Our long winter has us in for a major flood. That's according to The National Weather Service's new flood forecast, due out tomorrow.
Meteorologists predict spring flooding will look similar to what we saw back in 2010 and 2011, when river levels reached between 37 and 39 feet.
The city will now make another 500,000 sandbags to prepare for the higher river levels.
It's hard to forget, when the Red River crested at nearly 39 feet just a couple years ago. But this time around there's this flood wall protecting the surrounding neighborhood, including one family who says they're glad it's here.
The Baker family calls Moorhead their home. They've live here for 13 years, only feet from the Red River
Paul Baker, Home Owner: "If our lot holds back water, everybody is dry to the east of us."
But back before the flood wall was built, spring meant a wet, muddy mess.
Baker: "There were big piles of sand in front of our house in the street."
They watched during the ‘09, ‘10 and ‘11 floods, as the community held their home together.
Baker: "A couple hundred college kids and another hundred neighbors or people from out of town showed up and just started filling bags and passing them down the dike."
2013 is no exception. Because of our slow thaw, and record low temps, the national weather service expects significant flooding. Fargo's Emergency Management team says they've been planning for it.
Leon Schlafmann, Fargo Emergency Management: "We're never at rest as far as planning and preparing for flooding. So, right now I think we're pretty comfortable."
But comfortable doesn't mean they don't have work left to do. Sandbag Central says it has three quarters of a million sandbags ready to go, but with this news, it's gearing up to stack half a million more.
Baker: "I think the city of Moorhead has done a pretty nice job. The entire city is good until 43 feet or something like that."
Moorhead says it's ready for the flood too.
And for the Bakers,
Baker: "We have a big wall."
They're thankful their Moorhead home is protected.
I spoke with a few different neighbors who live on the other side of this wall who say they really aren't worried about the flooding. They're more worried about the homeowners across the river, on the Fargo side.