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Charly Haley , Published April 03 2013

Meeting in south Fargo gives residents flood info

FARGO – Fargo’s south side is preparing for a flood fight.

Representatives from the city conducted an informational meeting Wednesday night at Centennial Elementary School for homeowners between Main Avenue and 40th Avenue South.

The meeting started with city commissioners updating attendants on the progress of Sandbag Central, which opened Wednesday and produced 110,000 sandbags.

Commissioner Brad Wimmer said they hope the work at Sandbag Central is over-preparation.

“(We) pray for that slow, easy melt,” he said.

Wimmer, along with City Commissioner Mike Williams and City Engineer April Walker, thanked the residents who plan to volunteer in the flood fight or have in the past.

“There are good things about sandbagging,” Williams said. “It brings the community together.”

Walker presented information on the current flood forecasts. She said the city is preparing for a 38-foot flood this year, which calls for a 40-foot temporary levee.

City officials are waiting for a newer forecast after the melt progresses.

“That’s really what we’re waiting for to finalize our plans,” Walker said.

She explained what the city asks of its residents during a flood fight, which includes working together, preparing property for sandbagging and for volunteers to enter, and volunteering and maintaining the levee after it’s put up.

In preparing property for sandbagging, the homeowners were reminded to fill out “right of entry” forms, which were also available at the meeting.

Before the meeting’s presentation concluded, Wimmer reiterated to homeowners the importance of communication.

“Make sure you talk to your neighbors,” he said. “Make sure you prepare within your block.”

There were several informational booths at the meeting, including representatives from the Red Cross, Fargo Cass Public Health, Cass County Extension at North Dakota State University and Cass County Electric Cooperative.

Another meeting will be held at 6 tonight at Centennial, for residents living south of 40th Avenue.