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Safety, protection, and tips: Tools for flood season

Red River as seen from the Moorhead side looking south at Main Avenue Bridge in 2010.
Red River as seen from the Moorhead side looking south at Main Avenue Bridge in 2010.
City of Moorhead Print Media

FARGO - Cities near the Red River of the north take precautions to protect homeowners and businesses from flooding, so it seems Fargo-Moorhead should be increasingly safe from flood damage. Moorhead recently adopted a River Corridor Plan after studying the worst of the flood-prone parcels in the area.

Knowing about flooding hazards, insurance, and the history could help when experiencing flooding near your home. Fargo's webpage on Flood Facts covers a lot of topics that any resident of the area would find helpful.

In Fargo-Moorhead, the sight of melting snow and warmer weather can bring mixed feelings. Many say the winters here in the north are brutal―temperatures reach the negative thirties with wind chill―so the sight of the sun and the feel of above-freezing temperatures is a great sigh of relief.

Across the cities, on the three college and university campuses, and in the neighborhood parks, students and kids in rain boots spend time outside and play in water that used to be snow.

During winter, however, the snowbank at the end of the driveway or on the side of the road that gets higher and higher is a warning sign. In the spring, all of that water makes its way to the Red River. Fargo - Moorhead residents are no stranger to floods, but luckily, the predictions are not as scary this year.

There have been weeks of warmer weather, followed by bouts of cold again throughout February and March so far. This has aided in minimizing the total amount of snow left to melt all at once, which is what generally causes more dangerous flooding. Keep an eye on your local news stations and websites for updates on current flood activity.

Or, sign up with Fargo or Moorhead's CodeRED program to get instant notification calls to a cell phone when the danger is in your area.