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Moorhead Mayor Says City Is Prepared

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When we sat down with Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland earlier this week, He told Valley News Live he felt the city had never been better prepared for a major flood . But with a new flood outlook, and a warning from the national weather service to prepare for a record-breaker, many wonder if the mayor is still so confident.

Valley News Teams Kristi Larson sat down with him again. The new outlook of 40.3 feet, has some worried, but Mayor Voxland still isn't shaken. He says the city has 400,000 sandbags that would protect to a 41 foot crest.

Moorhead has checked their sandbag station, and it would be ready to be used if needed, but Voxland says he still feels they are prepared. Over the last four years the city has spent over 80 million dollars on protecting 7 miles of the river with flood walls and levees.

Some families in Moorhead feel more secure this year, because of the work the city has put into protecting them. Many residents say they trust the city to help take care of them by providing dikes and sandbags if needed. Some neighbors in recent floods didn't worry about the water as much as the sewage problems.  

"This years different, I think Moorhead's done some extra work, and they have gates on the sewers there shouldn't be any water back flowing, and I feel much more confident now. I've seen the work being done and it makes me feel very confident, and I think it was money well spent, and it was good forethought." says Moorhead

Mayor Voxland says they will continue to monitor the river and watch the national weather services outlooks to see if plans would need to change.

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