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  • Writer's pictureKimberly Van Hal, REALTOR

Team Up to Fight Expected Flood

The National Weather Service has said the Red River Valley is almost guaranteed to see moderate to major flooding. There is a 5% chance the Red River in Fargo could break the 2009 record of 40.8 feet.

Public Meetings

The county is hosting two meetings this week with residents to discuss potential flooding.

  • Tuesday, March 26th, 7 p.m, in the multi-purpose room at Bennett Elementary School, 2000 58th Ave. S. in Fargo, for residents living between Interstate 94 and County Road 14.

  • Wednesday, March 27th, 7 p.m, at the Harwood Community Center, 210 Freedland Drive for residents who live north of I-94.

The city of Fargo will hold two public meetings regarding possible flooding.

  • April 1st at the Fargodome, and

  • April 2nd at Centennial Elementary School, 4201 25th St. S.

Both meetings will have an open house at 6:30 p.m., with presentations at 7 p.m.

Sandbagging operations

Fargo plans to start filling a million sandbags to be prepared for the 10% chance the Red River will reach 40.3 feet. Sandbag Central will need 200 volunteers an hour.

  • When? Tuesday, March 26 for about 10 days

  • Time? 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday

  • Where? 2301 8th Ave. N. Fargo

Cass County is seeking at least 60 volunteers an hour to fill 300,000 sandbags.

  • When? Wednesday, March 27 until Friday, April 5

  • Time? 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays; noon to 7 p.m. Sundays

  • Where? 1201 Main Ave. W. West Fargo

Flood-fighting resources

Cass County and Fargo have listed several phone numbers and websites as flood-fighting resources.

To volunteer to fill sandbags:

For flood information:

Residents can call Fargo Cass Public Health at 701-241-1360 for flood-related health issues. The North Dakota Health Department also has posted a number of resources at, and residents can contact the agency at 701-328-5150 or email

The North Dakota State University Equine Center will open an emergency shelter for horses threatened by flooding. Owners must call 701-281-1138 before arriving to ensure space is available. Owners will be charged fees per horse and should bring at least seven days of feed.

NOTE: Forum reporter Wendy Reuer contributed to this report.


Kimberly is a residential agent with Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Premier Properties. Since 1987, she has helped home buyers and sellers in the Fargo-Moorhead metro area achieve their real estate goals.

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