Fargo preps for major flooding

A community wide effort to protect the Fargo-Moorhead from possible record flooding is in full effect. The Red River of the North is now expected to crest at 39-41 feet as early as Friday, about a foot higher than 1997. A number of bridges have been closed and temporary clay dikes are being built along the riverbank. North Dakota State University has cancelled classes until further notice so students can help with sandbagging and Metro Area Transit buses have suspended normal service to provide transportation for flood volunteers. (Image above: Sandbag Express)

Latest info available from the Fargo Forum and NDSU.


  1. Is it just me, or does it seem like that city floods a lot? It seems like it might be smart to build some more permanent flood protection downtown.

    Are they expecting trouble in Grand Forks after it all flows down from Fargo?

  2. Brady Dorman

    March 24, 2009 at 1:02 am

    Doesn’t seem like it – sounds like Grand Forks is sending extra help to Fargo. Assuming the water doesn’t get higher than expected in Grand Forks there massive flood protection / flood wall system should protect it. I’m surprised Fargo doesn’t have a more permanent system either… I think something long term is in the works for protecting South Fargo, but nothing more for downtown as far as I know.

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