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Flood Protection to Displace 185 Residents

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  • Runoff Pushes River Levels Up, More On the Way

    Runoff Pushes River Levels Up, More On the Way

    Rain runoff is rolling through road ditches, drains and streams, making its way to the Red River across the Valley. Fargo has received 3.13 inches since last Wednesday when it all started. Grand Forks has received 2.36 inches.
    Rain runoff is rolling through road ditches, drains and streams, making its way to the Red River across the Valley. Fargo has received 3.13 inches since last Wednesday when it all started. Grand Forks has received 2.36 inches.
Downtown Fargo flood protection may be kicking dozens of people out of their homes. The estimated cost to protect downtown from the Red River is nearly 53 million dollars but that's not what folks who live there are worried about. It's the fact that they may have to soon move away from one of the most pristine views the city has to offer. Valley News team's Eric Crest fills us in on what is happening along Second street that's been prone to flooding for years.

Most of Fargo knows that this stretch of road on Second street along the Red River gets hit by flood waters year in and year out.
"It's like the first thing you learn when you get here I think. My grandma has a a bunch of flood pictures she has framed," says Kayla Teeter who's grandmother lives at Park East Terrace apartment.

The rising Red is the reason why the Cass County Joint Water board is expressing major interest in buying the Park East Terrace Apartment complex and turning it into a levee. "We can't build a wall across there and preserve the apartment. So we'll be removing the apartment and building a levy that's set back further from the river," explains Fargo Engineer April Walker. 

On Monday all the tenants were given a letter stating that this buyout is likely going to happen. "They pointed more towards it's going to happen. And you are eligible to apply for assistance to help you find another place to live," adds Teeter. "About 185 tenants currently live here. It's a mixture from senior citizens to college students."

But the one concern Valley News Live kept on hearing about is that if the sale goes through, tenants could be forced to move out within just 90 days of the sale being finalized. "It's likely to be more than 90 days. The 90 days would be an absolute minimum," says Walker.

By the end of June Park East will be appraised. By the end of July an offer for the apartment will likely be made. By early October it's possible that residents might be given that 90 day heads-up to find a new home. "We were trying to get an apartment here actually. We were looking at a one bedroom. So that was the plan but I guess we'll get it somewhere else now," says Teeter.

The owners of the Park East Terrace apartment complex still needs to accept an offer. If the project moves forward construction will likely begin in 2015. For residents who stick around until the sale of the complex goes through we're told that most will be compensated regardless of income or financial reasons.

It was also a concern of some residents whether or not other buildings along Second street would be purchased. The Fargo Engineers office tells us there is no need to purchase additional properties south of Main Avenue for the construction of this levy.



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