Fargo gathers to hear what the 2013 flood fight will look likeFargo, ND (WDAY TV)- - Neighbors had their first chance tonight to hear what the 2013 flood fight is going to look like, and for some it's a familiar story. The City of Fargo held the first of its neighborhood flood preparation meetings tonight.
By: Andrea Hubbell, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)- - Neighbors had their first chance tonight to hear what the 2013 flood fight is going to look like, and for some it's a familiar story. The City of Fargo held the first of its neighborhood flood preparation meetings tonight.
Right now, we have a 50% chance the Red River will crest at about 38 feet, and a 10% chance it could crest at over 40. In 2009 the flood forecast was nearly identical. so Fargo is preparing for the worst.
Hannah Sorensen - Fargo Resident: "The past few years we have had water."
Northside neighbors are determined this time around.
Hannah Sorensen: "You don't know how fast it's going to come up. It comes up very quickly and it's scary when you see it getting near your house. "
This room is packed full of what you could call "flood veterans,” and they know what's in store. They're preparing before this quiet river turns into the raging Red.
Nathan Boerboom - Fargo Engineer: "At the protection levels that we are planning on right now, at the flood levels we are seeing forecasted, up here there will be some clay levees, significant clay levees needed and some sandbag levels."
Fargo Engineers are basing their flood prep on the 38.1 foot prediction. That means they'll need to build 5.81 miles of clay levees and construct over three miles of sandbag dikes. Cass County Engineer Jason Benson says it's all about experience.
Jason Benson - Cass County Engineer: "We have a better feel for what we need to get done to be prepared."
South of Harwood, one mile of clay levees are planned, plus another 2/3 of a miles of flood barriers.
Harriet Smedshammer - Harwood Resident: "I guess we've all been through this before. So, the houses that have to sandbag, they're already making preparations."
North of Harwood, engineers say is pretty safe. There, they have a higher level of protection, but things could change, with only one warm day.
Harriet Smedshammer: "Although, it's sounds like it won't be as bad. I hope it's not."
If you have questions about how your neighborhood is preparing, there are additional meetings. Harwood will meet again Wednesday at the community center. Fargo will host a meeting at Centennial School. They are both 6 PM.