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Fargo, Cass County Leaders Lay Out Flood Fight Plans

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Fargo-area officials have mapped out plans for building clay levees and sandbag dikes to protect against what could be record flooding along the Red River.

North Dakota Governor Jack Dalrymple and leaders from the National Guard joined city and county leaders for a special flood preparation meeting Friday morning.

Emergency operations will start Monday.

In Fargo clay levy construction also starts Monday with Guard soldiers on traffic control.

Police and soldiers will begin escorting flatbed trucks with sandbags into Fargo neighborhoods on Tuesday.

Area high school students will begin placing the bags on Thursday.

Sandbagging in Cass County is scheduled to begin Monday, with clay dike building starting Tuesday.

Leaders encouraged people to start getting ready for the flood this weekend. 

Homeowners who's yards will be used for dikes and levy's need to clear snow and fill out Right of Entry forms to allow the City of Fargo and the US Army Corps of Engineers temporary consent to construct or remove emergency flood protection. 

Everyone is encouraged to register for Code Red Alerts.

Sandbag making operations at Sandbag Central will continue through next Wednesday, people interested in volunteering their time can call the Volunteer Hotline at 701-476-4000.

For questions about the flood or protection plan you can call the Flood Information Hotline at 701-476-4199. 

The National Weather Service gives the river a 40 percent chance of topping the 2009 record of nearly 41 feet, which was the first of three straight major floods in the area.

Fargo and neighboring Moorhead have made improvements to protect most residents to 38 feet, but hundreds of homes need sandbagging beyond that.

Moorhead is holding neighborhood meetings Monday to outline its flood-fighting plans.

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