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Published April 22, 2013, 05:54 PM

Levee construction begins in Fargo

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The City of Fargo is now in full flood fight mode.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The City of Fargo is now in full flood fight mode.

Today construction began on Clay levees, and trap bags were set in place.

This is Oak Street North, where crews have been busy since early this morning building this clay levee. In all, 7 miles of clay levees need to be built around the city.

The First two areas of construction are at Oak Street and Lindenwood. City Engineer Rob Hasey says typically, the city starts levee construction on 2nd street, but this year, it's not possible. The river needs to be around 22 feet before that starts.

Rob Hasey/City Engineer: "Were nervous that putting that dirt on the road right now without water in the channel, there's nothing to push it back, so that could slide in the river."

At Lindenwood, the levee will be 10 feet tall and need 9,000 cubic yards of dirt to complete.

Rob: This one, the low end where we tie in usually goes in at about 35 feet, so we're trying to get this one in and built and it protects the water treatment plant, and we just want to make sure that we have enough time to build this one properly, and make it wide enough, tall enough

On Oaks Street the levee will be 8 to 10 feet high, and use 7,400 cubic yards of dirt.

Rob: "We'll get as much done as we can in preparation early, and we know that we can pick up the pace if we need to as the water rises."

Crews were also busy here at Edgewood Golf Course. Truck after truck filled with dirt was on hand to fill trap bags.

April Walker/City Engineer: "We'd like to keep one lane of traffic open as long as possible to the golf course, so that they can get in and out and do what they need to do to protect their buildings, and if we were to build an earth levee there, that would not be possible."

City Engineer April Walker says with a warm up in the forecast it's always best to be prepared.

April: "Having this done will allow us to focus our energies on other points in the city as we progress."

Both of these projects should take about two days to complete. The project on 2nd street will take about 4 days to complete once started.