The 2013 Flood Fight is not really a "fight"Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- One thing is for certain. No city has been more prepared. After planning to build earthen dikes first to 44-feet, then 40 feet, today, we learn the "Red" will likely barely go over 35-feet.
By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- One thing is for certain. No city has been more prepared. After planning to build earthen dikes first to 44 -feet, then 40 feet, today, we learn the "Red" will likely barely go over 35-feet.
No one will put their finger at one agency or one variable behind the wide range of flood numbers. One thing is for certain, it has testing some homeowner's faith in the National Weather Service and the City's reaction to those predicted numbers.
"You know, it is a tough call, because we are forced to listen to the national weather service."
For Katherine Mineer and family, it has been a week of every emotion.
"I was feeling a little panicked."
Anxiety and concern, then----not so much.
Katherine: "That panic starting to subside about last tuesday and was like, we are fine, and you saw the pallets of sandbags and i was like please do not put all those sandbags down."
Today, her Northside Woodcrest neighborhood is surrounded by pallets of sandbags that won't be put down. They city did insist on some bags going in, based on the weather service predictions, which changed a fast as a chameleon at a Crayola convention.
And I knew Friday, these bags don't need to go down but I think the city felt like they had to.
Despite criticism from homeowners and come city commissioners today, the Weather Service stands by its work. A 95-percent chance of hitting nearly 40 feet predicted just days ago...to now a crest of 35.
Greg Gust/National Weather Service: "Recognize that the Corps and the Weather Service and river modelers are working to develop better systems, but it is not perfect and so when we are trying to put out forecasts in advance, there are uncertainties in there."
And there is one more variable in this in the flood equation, soil that was thirsty for moisture.
These pictures we took a week ago in the southern valley, show fields packed with snow...before the weekend warmup.
Dave Franzen/NDSU Extension Soil Scientist: "It was a win win for flood fighters and win win for farmers they needed the moisture to soak in we got lucky, the best case scenario."
And just days ago, as many were preparing for the flood, some homeowners in the Woodcrest neighborhood on Fargo's north side, received letters offering them optional buyouts there.