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Forum staff report, Published March 04 2010

FLOOD UPDATE: Fargo updates evacuation guide for residents

FARGO – Fargo’s evacuation protocol advises residents of what they need to do in the event their homes or neighborhoods are evacuated due to rising floodwaters this spring.

Residents are encouraged to access and print off a copy of the evacuation guide, which is available online at www.cityoffargo.com/flood.

Two types of evacuation notices could be given: an immediate evacuation alert or an evacuation advisory.

Under the immediate alert, residents must evacuate immediately due to an imminent threat of flooding. This alert will be issued when flooding is expected in less than six hours, and residents will be notified through warning signs, door-to-door notification, Code Red and local media.

When an advisory is issued, residents are encouraged to evacuate because of the potential threat of flooding, expected within six to 48 hours. Residents will be notified through Code Red and local media.

The guide also offers tips on what to do in securing homes and taking care of pets, in the event of an evacuation.

Because evacuated areas will be secured by area authorities, residents will have to show proof of residency – such as a driver’s license or utility bill – when returning home once the threat has passed.