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Published March 21, 2013, 05:17 PM

Officials in Cass County preparing for possible flood damage

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Cass County officials are on high alert after the recent flood forecast.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Cass County officials are on high alert after the recent flood forecast.

They're preparing for the possibility of extensive damage in the county. There is a 50 percent chance the Red River will reach 38 feet. If that's the case the county will need 500,000 sandbags to help protect homes in rural areas. That number goes up each time the river level rises.

Areas South along the river like 76th avenue and 88th avenue are high risk spots. Another area would be down south of the Wild Rice where there are numerous subdivisions. Some areas have permanent protection, but that isn't the case for most rural areas in Cass County.

Keith Berndt, Cass Co. Administrator: “We have made some improvements, but the reality is that Cass County permanent flood protection plan is the F-M area diversion, so we have not done a lot because we have focused our effort on the F-M area diversion.”

County Officials will hold a meeting tomorrow at 2 to ramp up preparations and planning. If you're looking for one spot to get your flood information, here it is.

The Red River Basin Network can answer many of your questions. The website includes flood contact information, insurance help, and maps.

Many people collaborated to create the site, including John Wheeler. We have a link to the website at WDAY.com.

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