Next year Moorhead homeowners could be fighting the flood aloneFargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Turns out, homeowners in Moorhead could be fighting a flood next year on their own. Tonight, the city council passed what it's calling a "sandbag" policy.
By: Katie Lange, WDAY
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV)-- Turns out, homeowners in Moorhead could be fighting a flood next year on their own. Tonight, the city council passed what it's calling a "sandbag" policy.
Meaning, unless the Red River's deterministic flood outlook is at 42-point-5 feet, then, and only then, will the city consider offering sand and bags to homeowners.
Council members this evening went round in round in circles - voting twice before coming to a conclusion - to in fact move ahead with the new sandbag policy.
I spoke to a frustrated homeowner along the Red River who says he is fed up with the city.
This is the only place Billy Iverson has ever called home.
Billy Iverson- Riverfront Resident: "It's the 3rd generation that we've owned the property, it's like not even being in the city."
It's fair to say he's invested his blood, tears and sweat into this property. In fact, he was doing just that.
When we caught up with him during this years flood fight.
Iverson: "I've said no four times to the buyout offer basically because I love it here and I want to stay."
Turns out in the next few weeks the city will be asking riverfront homeowners to pony up - once again. And that's something Iverson isn't too fond of.
Iverson: "I'd like to talk to Dennis Walaker and annex my house to Fargo."
He says his reasoning for such a bold statement is just.
Iverson: "The attitude over there is what can we do to help our citizens where as over here it's why should we help these guys."
City Council's latest decision - to offer sandbag assistance to homeowners only if the deterministic flood outlook is 42.5 feet or higher,
isn't Iverson's biggest concern, saying he as bagged without the city's help before.
Iverson: "We built our dike on our own before and we can do it again."
One thing is for certain - no matter what the city decides, Iverson isn't going down without a fight.
Iverson: "You're kind of between a rock and a hard place. These hidden agendas that they want everyone out of here, or not so hidden, it goes against my right to stay in my house."
Just to put this issue into perspective it will affect at least 60 some riverfront homeowners.
City Council is hopeful some of them will take a buyout.