100 homes in Oakport are unprotected from floodingFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Oakport Town Hall was packed wall to wall tonight. Full of homeowners getting a better idea of the flood fight in 2013.
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Oakport Town Hall was packed wall to wall tonight. Full of homeowners getting a better idea of the flood fight in 2013.
600 homes make up Oakport Township. 100 of those are completely unprotected. Leaving homeowners wary about a rising Red River.
Timing is everything. And the last time this town hall was this full was back in 09.
Elaine Borud- Oakport Township: "We came to that meeting and we were told Crystal Creek is going under."
This year, the news was less horrifying.
Borud:"That was quite an experience."
But still, bitter sweet.
Borud: "We have the dike and it better work."
Elaine's a long-time resident of Crystal Creek. One of the neighborhood's biggest concerns? The sewer system.
Borud: "We had to build a dike in our basement in 09. Blackjack it to the floor and pump it out."
Oakport Township says it's added a new lift station to eliminate the problem.
Jeff Schaumann-Oakport Township Chair: "While we need to always be conscious of what happens in a flood and that it's a dynamic event, they shouldn't have those fears. They should be rest assured that we're taking care of their property."
The township plans to start its flood fight this weekend by delivering pumps and building levees. But it all depends on how fast the Red River rises.
Borud: "It's just one day at a time."
As for preparation, timing is everything. And so far, it's on Oakport's side.
Borud: "Hopefully, it'll be better."
Just to give you an idea of how drastically different this year is compared to 2009. Only 30 homes will be sandbagged in Oakport Township.
That's compared to the 300-plus that were protected just a few years ago.