Flood fight preparations underway in Fargo

April 11, 2023

FARGO, N.D.–The city of Fargo and Cass County are hoping to fill 200,000 sandbags ahead of potential flooding in the coming weeks – that’s double the number of sandbags that city and county leaders predicted the area would need just one week ago.

Fargo Mayor Tim Mahoney said preparations need to begin now.

Fargo City Engineer Nathan Boerboom said the National Weather Service’s forecast expects the Red River to rise to about 30-feet over the next few warmer days and then flatten out as temperatures fall over the weekend. But another rise is likely after that as temperatures are forecast to go up again next week.

About a mile of temporary flood protection will be required in Fargo if the river reaches 37-feet. A crest of 38-feet would require two miles of levees and sandbags.