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Voxland Says Moorhead is Prepared to 41 Feet

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As the city of Fargo ramps up it's flood fight, Moorhead mayor Mark Voxland says his city is sitting high and dry. Since 2009, about 200 homes no longer need to be protected because the city has removed them.

"We've been very aggressive at purchasing homes that always seem to flood," Voxland says. "We've been putting in permanent dikes, storm water out fall gates and these pumping stations so we can keep our streets dry. They're not going to have water backing up through our sewer system, we've got permanent dikes in place so we don't need the thousands and thousands of sandbags that we did in 2009."

Mayor Voxland says the city itself doesn't need any protection, and if the river hits 41 feet, just 7 homes would flood.

"Our permanent dikes are obviously are set to go," Voxland explains. "We have citizens that need to sandbag quite a bit if it gets to 41 feet, if that happens we have 400,000 sandbags that would be deployed. We have the sandbags made and so we feel that as long as it's going to stay at about 41 feet we're very, very ready."

Voxland says this year's flood prep has been very minimal, spending anywhere from $150,000 to $200,000 to make sure the city is prepared.  Voxland also says they have contracts set just in case clay dikes need to be built.

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