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Published April 22, 2013, 09:43 PM

City of Fargo prepares for flood fight

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With another flood fight imminent, more people are accepting the city's flood buyouts - 10 just today. In a special meeting city leaders tonight are making sure the city is in the best possible shape as the water rises.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - With another flood fight imminent, more people are accepting the city's flood buyouts - 10 just today. In a special meeting city leaders tonight are making sure the city is in the best possible shape as the water rises.

One of the newest projects is building a new emergency levee near Walmart South. The levee will keep the ground dry and keep contractors on schedule with summer projects.

Many people living along the banks of the red river are familiar with levees and sandbags. Over the course of time - the city has offered flood home buyouts and they were back at it today.

Nancy Morris - Assistant Fargo City Attorney: “We have 76 offers, we have 21 acceptances, and 11 purchase agreements have been sent and 10 of them have been signed by 4:30 this afternoon.”

Turns out the latest flood is also going to push back the annual clean-up week, typically held the first full week of May.

Bruce Grubb, Fargo Enterprise Director: “It might be good for the community to get a break for the summer and with flood clean-up crews. That's what we are recommending that we postpone clean up week to the last full week in September for the first time in our history.”

Mark your calendars for September 23 thru the 27th. Across the Red River, Moorhead is also giving homeowners some last minute advice. Moorhead has 400,000 sandbags left over from 2011. While City Engineer, Bob Zimmerman suspects that will be more than enough, the spider machines are ready if need be.

Bob Zimmerman – Moorhead City Engineer: “We'll start delivering sandbags this Wednesday with hopes that into the later part of the week and into the weekend people will focus on building those sandbag levees.”

Moorhead has divided its flood fight into 8 zones from Caddy Avenue to 40th Avenue South. Zimmerman says the area around 12th avenue is expected to be hit the hardest. Currently the city has acquired 220 flood buyout homes. The goal is to snag another 50 within the year.

More Fargo flood meetings are set for this Wednesday and Friday. Fifteen-hundred students are coming to town Thursday to help sandbag.

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