Fargo man expresses concern regarding spring flooding

Published: Mar. 18, 2019 at 10:16 PM CDT
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A state of emergency has been declared in the City of Fargo ahead of anticipated spring flooding.

The previous worst-case scenario from the National Weather Service was looking to be around 39 feet. Now, there's a 5 percent chance it'll get to 41.4 feet. The record high was in 2009 was just under 41 feet.

The city says a lot of the work needed will require volunteers to operate machines that make sandbags. City leaders are looking for about 200 volunteers making the sandbags at any given time.

Fargo resident Glenn Solberg knows what it's like to suffer from the "rising red". It was 1997 when his home flooded. His concern is that he'll suffer a similar fate again this year.

"There's way too much snow in the area, and there's nowhere for it to go," said Solberg.

People in other parts of the city say they are uneasy as well, wondering if the city is truly protected from the water to come.

"Are the gates going to be able to support the water?” asked Solberg. “I mean, that's all brand new system. What if it cracks?"

Solberg says he hopes that the city and its citizens are able to come together to keep everyone out of harm's way.

City leaders say they will explain further preparations at the public meeting next Monday.

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