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Safety Around Levee Construction

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A major street in Fargo is now closed off to make way for a large clay levee. Construction started Friday night for the emergency levee along 2nd Street. All the commotion caught the eyes of many residents.

There were trucks, dirt, and more trucks. Onlookers say the noise caught their interest. 

"I see all these guys in construction vests and it just sparks my interest and I just want to come down here and see what they're doing." says Brad Milliren who went for a walk along the project.

He wasn't the only one, it brought quite the crowd of people. Josh Thomas goes for an afternoon walk frequently, but hadn't expected to run into a mess.

"I'm really surprised how many people are down here." Thomas says, "Everyone talks about the flood in the past week or so and I think people want to come take a good look at it, before the roads are blocked off and before they really need to stay away from it."

U.S. Army Corp Engineers understand how it's mesmerizing it can be to watch.

"when you see a bunch of big trucks come through, a bunch of heavy equipment, then they think oh something big must be happening." says Tammi Stamm with the Safety Office.

But Stamm advises sightseers to stay at a safe distance.

"we wear safety glasses we wear bright colored vests, we wear hard hats, so the operators of the heavy equipment can see us. Regular pedestrians aren't going around in this garb, heavy equipment can't see them, so if they are just meandering around, they are putting themselves at risk and they are putting the project at risk." Stamm says.

The road closed signs are not there just for cars, but for people too. Crews are trying to keep the 24-hour operation safe, so the city can stay dry. 

"It happens each year and everyone's excited to see what's going to happen, or to see how big it's going to get. I think some peoples curiosity gets the better of them. But I think people should stay away from it once the barriers go up." Thomas laughs.

A smart caution, because once the emergency levees are up, if people are found too close or climbing on them, they could be cited and receive a fine of $200.

So remember to just stay back.

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