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Published March 10 2010

Teamwork vital in flood fight

Roxanne Lundberg has been through this before.

“I know they (city officials) are doing everything they can,” said the Fargo resident, who battled spring flooding last year.

Lundberg was among about 250 people who attended three Fargo flood informational meetings Tuesday evening at the Civic Center Centennial Hall.

Tuesday’s meetings were for residents of River Drive and Harwood Drive; Belmont Park and Lindenwood Drive; and Interstate 94 to 30th Avenue South along the river corridor.

Fargo officials and residents learned valuable lessons a year ago, said April Walker, a city engineer.

“We all know what we accomplished last year. Let’s see if we can perfect that and move forward,” she said.

Teamwork between city officials and residents is vital, she said.

She urged people attending Tuesday’s meetings to organize their neighbors and prepare their property for sandbags or other flood protection.

Major back-to-back spring floods are unprecedented, Mayor Dennis Walaker said.

“We (city officials) don’t enjoy this any more than you do,” he said.

But the city is better prepared than it was a year ago for spring flooding, said City Commissioner Mike Williams.

Fargo residents should be confident of their ability to tackle this year’s flood, he said.

“You guys have shown you know how to fight floods,” he said.

Meetings tonight

The city of Fargo holds three more neighborhood meetings this evening. All three will be in the Civic Center Centennial Hall.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Jonathan Knutson at (701) 241-5530