Flood

Fargo Mayor Mahoney Declares Emergency, City Preparing For “Substantial Flood Event”

FARGO, N.D. – Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney makes an emergency declaration as he anticipates the city is “in danger of suffering a substantial flood event.” The emergency declaration authorizes agencies of local, state and federal agencies to take action to “limit hardships of this pending emergency.” Mahoney is directing city staff to prepare for the National Weather Services’ forecast of…

People In Cass County Reminded To Check On Their Flood Insurance

threat of significant flooding caused by snowmelt has increased substantially across the Red River Valley

CASS COUNTY, ND — Cass County officials are reminding people living in flood prone areas to check on their flood insurance. It must be acquired at least 30 days prior to a flood. The National Weather Service last week said the threat of significant flooding caused by snowmelt has increased substantially across the Red River Valley. There’s currently a 50% chance…

Fargo City Engineer Mark Bittner Retires After 42 Years

He led the city through some of the worst floods in 1997 and 2009

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo’s Director of Engineering is retiring after leaving a lasting impact on how the city handles flooding. The city of Fargo had a retirement party for Mark Bittner to celebrate the 42 years he’s served with them. “I can’t thank them enough for all the support they’ve shown me over the years,” Bittner said. Bittner, who has…

Minnesota DNR Permit Decision On The FM Diversion Delayed Until Fall

Fargo Mayor Mahoney remains optimistic plan B will get approval

FARGO, N.D. — Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney says it will be September or October before the Minnesota DNR issues a decision on a permit application for the FM Diversion. Backers of the $2.4 billion project to protect Fargo-Moorhead from major flooding had hoped to hear a decision from the DNR by now. The project was halted last year by a…

Environmental Quality Board Discusses Water Management

There isn't much worry for a flood this year

MOORHEAD, Minn. — State agency commissioners and citizen members on the Environmental Quality Board gathered to discuss the future of water management in the Red River Basin. This took place in conjunction with a joint conference with the Red River Watershed Management Board and the Flood Damage Reduction Workgroup. The goal was to come up with a strategic plan on managing…

Bill Would Allows Loans Out Of Legacy Fund For Roads And Bridges

Two Republican Minot Lawmakers Proposed The Legislation

BISMARCK, N.D. — Part of North Dakota’s oil tax savings account could be used to make low-interest loans to communities facing big and expensive infrastructure projects. Backers of the Republican drafted legislation want to use up to 15 percent of the Legacy Fund’s principal every two years for projects such as flood protection and water systems. Two Minot lawmakers are…

Climate Expert Says Low Chance of Major Flood in Fargo

The region has experienced lower–than–average precipitation over the past few years

FARGO, N.D. — Spring flood season is just around the corner and climate experts are issuing a new round of outlooks. According to North Dakota State Climatologist Adnan Akuyz, the region has experienced lower–than–average precipitation over the past few seasons. This makes the soil more able to soak in moisture from melting snow. Experts say that even with the current…

Flood Diversion Task Force Releases Report on Construction Recommendations

The future of the greater Fargo–Moorhead area has been in question since the destructive flood of 1997

FARGO, ND — The Flood Diversion Task Force has released its recommendations, but does that mean construction will continue for the Red River diversion project? The future of the greater Fargo–Moorhead area has been in question since the destructive flood of 1997. But now, those fears may come to an end with new protections. “It gives people an opportunity to…