April 29, 2013
By: Mike Nowatzki, INFORUM
FARGO – As the Red River reached major flood stage here on Sunday, the National Weather Service lowered its predicted peak to 37 feet late Tuesday or early Wednesday – and Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said he believes it will crest even lower than that.
The Wild Rice River, a key tributary in how the north-flowing Red floods in Fargo, was contributing less than expected because of more snowmelt sinking into the soil and less runoff, the weather service said. Read the rest of this entry →
April 24, 2013
By: Erik Burgess, INFORUM
FARGO – City officials here say they plan on significantly dialing back flood protection plans after weather service forecasters told them Tuesday the Red River could crest lower than 39 feet.
“We’re looking at deployment of fewer sandbags. We’re looking at using the students less. We’re looking at fewer neighborhoods that we have to get into,” City Administrator Pat Zavoral said.
Weather service forecasters told city officials in a conference call late Tuesday afternoon that if a gentle melt and below-average precipitation continues, the crest could be in the 38- to 40-foot range, said City Engineer Mark Bittner, who participated in the conference call. Read the rest of this entry →
April 23, 2013
By Valley Flood Watch ⋅ April 22, 2013
FARGO, N.D. – The Fargo Police Department is seeking public assistance and awareness as the movement of flood fighting equipment, trucks and sandbag convoys begins. Effective Tuesday, April 23 at 7 a.m. and continuing through the evening of Thursday, April 25, the Fargo Police Department will be escorting sandbag delivery trucks to different drop-off points throughout the city. Read the rest of this entry →
April 22, 2013
By: Emily Welker, INFORUM
GRAND FORKS – National Weather Service officials are warning that a sustained warm-up could happen here by the end of the week, ending our extended winter weather but hastening the melt and flooding throughout the region.
NWS meteorologist Jeff Makowski confirmed that flood warnings are in effect for the Minenesota cities of Dilworth and Sabin along the Buffalo River, and for Wahpeton, N.D., along the Red River. However, he said, this flooding is the result primarily of localized snowmelt running off into those rivers, with more dramatic river rises possible heading into next weekend as the warmup gets underway. Read the rest of this entry →
April 19, 2013
By Valley Flood Watch ⋅ April 18, 2013
On the heels of the hybrid flood outlook released by the weather service, Moorhead is going into action mode.
The City of Moorhead has 400,000 sandbags on hand, which is sufficient to construct sandbag levees to a top elevation of 43 feet. The bags are thawed and ready to deploy when needed. The expected crest range is 39 – 41 feet for Fargo-Moorhead, with a midrange projection of 40.3 feet. Read the rest of this entry →
April 04, 2013
A combination of rain and snow is expected this weekend, which could raise flood chances in the Red River Valley. However, due to MSUM’s elevation, the university would not need extensive protection efforts unless the river reaches 42 feet.
On-campus planning efforts have been initiated including reviewing flood response plans, infrastructure protection needs, previous volunteer organizational efforts, and ensuring the ability of the faculty and students to complete the term using alternate means. Read the rest of this entry →
March 22, 2013
The most recent flood forecast for the Red River basin is triggering a series of regional preparations, but Moorhead officials say the city is in a good position due to $80 million worth of flood protection projects. On March 21, 2013, the National Weather Service projected a 50% chance that the Red River will reach 38.1 feet. The MSUM campus is on high ground and would not need extensive protection efforts unless the river reaches 42 feet. Read the rest of this entry →