Posted at 4:30 PM on April 6, 2011
by Michael Olson, Paul Tosto and MPR News Staff
City officials in Fargo and Moorhead say they say want all the cities' flood protections in place by Friday night.
The National Weather Service expects the river will reach 39 to 41 feet, making it one of the top three floods for the Fargo-Moorhead area. Flood defenses are in place up to 44 feet.
Thanks to MPR's Molly Bloom for putting together the slide show.
"There were a lot of things that happened in the 2009 flood fight that surprised us," Voxland said. "The biggest thing of course was the rain. It's better to get this [sandbagging] done now than wait and see what happens."
At this point, the Fargo-Moorhead forecast calls for showers Saturday through Monday.
Moorhead resident John Perkins, from left, Fargo resident Scott Olson, Fargo resident David Ludwig and Barnesville, Minn., resident Wayne Schindler help build a sandbag dike at the home of Curt Kesselring on Harwood Drive in south Fargo on Tuesday. (MPR Photo/Ann Arbor Miller)
"Fargo and Moorhead residents will likely be piling sandbags even higher Wednesday, now that the National Weather Service has raised its Red River flood prediction by a foot," writes Bill McAuliffe in the Star Tribune. Excerpt:
The prediction, which anticipates possibly heavy rainfall into the weekend and a river crest Sunday, could mean Fargo would have to deliver 350,000 extra sandbags to vulnerable sites around the city Wednesday. That would match what the city distributed on police-escorted flatbed trucks Tuesday, the first day of deliveries.
MPR News reporter Dan Gunderson will be attending flood briefings this morning in Moorhead and Fargo. Bemidji-based reporter Tom Robertson is heading to Fargo-Moorhead to help with flood coverage. And News Cut's Bob Collins will be reporting from south Moorhead starting tomorrow.
Moorhead and Fargo are getting good -- very good-- at fighting floods. This year's flood -- the Red River could set a record by early next week -- surprised no one. Millions of sandbags have been made and are being delivered. The cities have been having meetings with residents for weeks. So where's the drama?
"It's kind of a relaxed complacency," Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland told the Fargo Forum Tuesday morning. "I'm a little bit concerned."
Collins also posted this Red River flood cam this morning:
Q: If the Red River flooding requires federal aid and response, will residents get it?
A: Yes. Disaster response is not affected in a shutdown.
THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE RED RIVER AT FARGO. * AT 10:15 PM TUESDAY THE STAGE WAS 29.7 FEET. * MODERATE FLOODING IS OCCURRING AND FOR THE NEXT 7 DAYS...MAJOR FLOODING IS FORECAST. * MAJOR FLOOD STAGE IS 30.0 FEET. * FORECAST...WILL RISE TO AROUND 39.5 FT SUNDAY EVENING THEN WILL FLUCTUATE AROUND 39.0 FT THROUGH TUESDAY MORNING. A CREST RANGE OF 39 TO 41 FEET IS EXPECTED AROUND APRIL 10TH OR 11TH. THE HIGHER RANGE VALUE INCLUDES PRECIPITATION THROUGH SUNDAY. THE FORECAST FOR THE CREST WILL DEPEND ON ANY ADDITIONAL PRECIPITATION AND WILL CHANGE IF IT OCCURS. * FLOODING IN THE RED RIVER BASIN IS NORMALLY LONG TERM. THIS FORECAST WILL REMAIN ABOVE FLOOD STAGE THROUGH THE FORECAST PERIOD. * IMPACT STATEMENT(S) - AT 40.0 FEET, FARGO...TOP OF THE ISLAND PARK DIKE. MOORHEAD...RED RIVER IS LAPPING AT THE BASE OF THE HERITAGE HJEMKOMST INTERPRETIVE CENTER.