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Published April 30, 2013, 06:06 PM

Some clay levees are no longer needed

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The river level means some clay levees, that just went up, are already coming down.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- The river level means some clay levees, that just went up, are already coming down.

City Engineers are comfortable, they won't be needed.

The only clay levee with water on it or that's even being used as protection is this one here at 2nd street south.

Luckily the others aren't needed and could start coming down as early as Thursday.

Mark Bittner- Director of Engineering, Fargo: "This would be one of the quickest turn arounds we have ever had to manage."

City of Fargo Director of Engineering Mark Bittner says typically we have to wait until flood water is off the levees until they can be taken down.

And with river levels not reaching the dikes, we're now just waiting on a crest.

Bittner: We just want to make sure the crest has crested and we got no rain in the forecast so we don't take them out and have to put them back in again.

If the Red goes along with the prediction of cresting within the next 24 hours, levees here at Oak Street North and Lindenwood could be taken down starting Thursday.

Bittner: Those are up at a higher level and they could all, none of them had water on them, so there's a number of them could be removed as soon as we get a contractor lined up.

The last clay levee to be taken down will be this one here at 2nd street north. Crews should be out within a week tearing it down.

For this levee to be removed the red has to be at 30 feet. Once the river drops to that level engineers will begin the tear down process.

Bittner: It will probably take about a week, because they normally don't haul it out as fast as they haul it in.

Once the Levee is gone, the street should open up for traffic in about a day. Levees on Oak Street North and Lindenwood should take about a day or so to remove.

Engineers are lining up contractors now to make sure sandbag and clay levees can be removed as soon as possible.

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