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Published March 26, 2013, 09:49 PM

Argusville prepares for an emergency flood fight

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Crowds packed into the Argusville Community Center Tuesday night as the city prepares for an emergency flood fight and considers impacts of the diversion. The City Council held a special meeting where they took questions from people living in town.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Crowds packed into the Argusville Community Center Tuesday night as the city prepares for an emergency flood fight and considers impacts of the diversion. The City Council held a special meeting where they took questions from people living in town.

City leaders in Argusville began the meeting tonight by approving an emergency declaration for this year’s flood. It allows the city to make flood preparations before the water hits. The city is currently protected by a ring dike, but surrounding areas and roads between Argusville and Fargo are expected to see severe flooding.

Take a look at this video from just two years ago with water covering I-29, making it nearly impossible for people to leave town. Some people in Argusville believe the diversion may not be the best option for further protection as the city lies north of the diversion line.

Tonight they heard from Cass County commissioners and diversion engineers, who say the project would actually benefit Argusville by improving drainage and blocking waters that would otherwise flow back into town.

Wayne Hagemeister - Argusville Resident: "Well, they're claiming it benefits our area, but proof is in the pudding so to speak. Seeing is believing."

Gary Tandsater - Argusville Mayor says, "I understand they have to stop the diversion some place, but like I’ve always told everybody, personally I'm cautiously optimistic. If it works, it works. If it doesn't, we're going to be in trouble."

Engineers say water surface elevation around Argusville could drop by 2 to 4 feet if the diversion goes through

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