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Published June 26, 2013, 07:08 PM

2nd Street closes because of the rising river

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- As if the traffic in downtown wasn't bad enough, it's about to get a whole lot worse, thanks to our overnight rains. The Red is rising, and it's forcing the City to build another levee on 2nd street.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- As if the traffic in downtown wasn't bad enough, it's about to get a whole lot worse, thanks to our overnight rains. The Red is rising, and it's forcing the City to build another levee on 2nd street.

The Red is suppose to reach 30.1 feet by sometime tomorrow. City Hall here downtown is affected at 30 feet. Although protection is needed, it doesn't stop the headache for drivers.

This morning and around lunch time this is what Main Avenue looked like. More like a parking lot than a free flowing street. Delivery driver David Mears wasted no time getting into work today.

David: "Tomorrow might not work, and delivery was suppose to be tomorrow, but it's going to be one day early."

The main dilemma, 2nd street was acting as one of the main arteries to get around downtown, With 4th street closed and road work on 1st avenue and NP.

David: "It will be nice when they get it done, but that's going to be a while."

Second Street from Fourth Street South to Main Avenue and from First Avenue North to Sixth Avenue North will now be closed as construction begins on the 2 foot levee.

April Walker/Fargo City Engineer: This is slightly different than the spring, we do expect rather than that prolonged hydrograph with the water high for a long time, this is flashy, it's going to go up, it's going to peak, and it's going to go back down very quickly.

The levee will run from the railroad tracks just north of Fourth Avenue to First Avenue North. More levee work will be in front of the Fargo High Rise.

April: "The amount of material that we are talking about is small, we are talk 2 to 3000 cubic yards compared again to what we do in a spring event, so the removal and clean up we would hope would go very quickly."

With all of the traffic jams, it may be a good idea to avoid downtown all together for the time being.

As soon as the Red starts to receded the temporary levee will come down.

Walker says it should be soon, maybe even by Friday.

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