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Published March 25, 2013, 04:57 PM

Leaders say Fargo is fully prepared for a flood

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- State and Federal leaders say the City of Fargo is fully prepared for any potential flooding, and they have an open checkbook.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- State and Federal leaders say the City of Fargo is fully prepared for any potential flooding, and they have an open checkbook.

Top lawmakers are now up to date on flood protection, making sure all systems are a go.

As the reality of a flood draws closer, the number one priority for leaders is protecting lives and property. With 14 miles of added protection and a lot of improvements made since 2009 leaders are staying optimistic.

Jack Dalrymple, The Governor of North Dakota says, "The Fargo and Cass County area has the best most experienced team of flood fighters that have ever been assembled."

Governor Jack Dalrymple joined in on Fargo and Cass County's flood fight. In terms of State funding, he says not to worry.

Dalrymple says, "Disastrous assistance is something that we arrange at the state level on a contingency basis, so you have nothing to be concerned about, no matter how large the even gets, the state government has the authority to draw funds directly from the Bank of North Dakota."

With a 50 percent chance the Red will reach 38 feet, Dalrymple says the city is in better shape now then it's ever been to battle high waters.

Dalrymple states, "We know what's involved, and that's an advantage, so we have to take advantage of that."

All agencies are taking the fight seriously and are ready, from the Gaurd.

Major General David Sprynczynatyk, North Dakota Adjutant General says, "We have more then 2000 soldiers and airmen identified."

Emergency Services.

Sprynczynatyk states, "Were starting at what would be a worst case scenario, everything from what we saw in 2009, of jail evacuations, many houses going under."

To sewage and sanitary water treatment.

Sprynczynatyk says, We've added a third water interceptor sewer, added a lot of capacity to our sewer system.

But one theme of the meeting remains the same.. and that's the need for permanent protection.

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says, "The diversion has to go, it has to move forward."

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