Published March 05 2010
Policies adopted for rural flood fightThe incident commander for Cass County’s fight against floodwaters this spring said he expects significant flooding caused by the Sheyenne, Maple and Wild Rice rivers.
Cass County Engineer Keith Berndt said the county has a heated warehouse to store sandbags, and said that sand and sandbags will be available for critical locations in the county about March 15.
He said clay levees will be built for some rural subdivisions north and south of Fargo.
The county, which previously declared a flood emergency, announced Thursday that it is working with small incorporated cities to make sure all disaster declarations are complete. County officials are meeting with rural subdivisions and cities to discuss flood fighting plans.
The county also has adopted new flood fight policies:
- In incorporated cities, county staff will provide limited technical assistance, law enforcement, rescue and coordination. The construction of emergency clay and sandbag levees within city limits, including associated pumping, will be the responsibility of the city.
- In unincorporated areas, county staff will give priority to constructing levees on public and private property to protect public infrastructure.
The county might also help construct earthen or other levees to protect groups of private homes. These expenses will likely fall on the county, which might not be eligible for state or federal reimbursement. Residents will be responsible for 10 percent of costs.
Volunteers will be needed to help fill sandbags once the county announces its sandbagging hours, which is expected soon. Jail inmates also will help fill sandbags.
The county’s heated sandbagging operation will be at 220 21st St. N.W. in West Fargo. Volunteers should bring gloves.
For more information, go to www.casscountynd.gov or contact Bonnie Johnson at (701) 241-5720.