Fargo looks to finish up Red River flood defense

11:41 AM, Apr 28, 2013   |    comments
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FARGO, N.D. - Sandbagging is scheduled to continue in a few Fargo neighborhoods as the city looks to finish up its preparation for Red River flooding.

About 1,500 high school students worked Friday morning to place sandbags at 134 homes throughout Fargo, which is planning against a crest in the 37- to 39-foot range, or about 20 feet above the point where the river spills its banks.

Volunteers are scheduled to work Saturday in two south Fargo neighborhoods, Harwood/Hackberry Creek and Oakcreek. Workers hope to have clay levees finished by the end of the weekend.

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says the city has made good progress in building dikes and believes it can withstand the area's fourth major flood in five years.

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