Forecasters have predicted this year’s flood could crest anywhere between 39 and 41 feet. This would mean a midrange prediction of a 40.3 foot crest, but forecasters are cautioning the range could be as wide as 38 feet to 42 feet according to the National Weather Service. Fargo Moorhead now faces a 40 percent chance of seeing a new record flood.
The Chamber, the City of Fargo*and the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation are combining efforts to ensure protection for the City of Fargo. The city needs to fill an additional 500,000 sandbags by April 26.
What can you do? Sign up to help sandbag. Sandbag Central in Fargo re-opens on April 18. The Chamber is urging its members and their employees to volunteer to sandbag during the hours of 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. To volunteer, contact Julie at 218.233.1100 or email email@example.com.
* The Chamber has spoken to the City of Moorhead and at this time, the city does not need to fill additional sandbags.
Check out the flood in pictures: 2011 Sandbag Volunteers
The Chamber continues to make long-term flood protection a top priority. “Flooding is not a Fargo issue, a Moorhead issue or a West Fargo issue,” says Chamber President/CEO Craig Whitney. “It is important that the metro area not grind to a halt because of yearly flooding. Our businesses must remain open and commerce must not stop.”
The Chamber has recently collaborated with the Greater Fargo Moorhead Economic Development Corporation (GFMEDC)on a task force for permanent flood protection. Championed by leaders of the business community, the Business Leaders’ for Permanent Flood Protection task force continues to advocate for the diversion project and the importance of comprehensive flood risk reduction.
“We are fortunate to have made it through past floods largely unscathed,” said President of the GFMEDC Jim Gartin. “We must remain vigilant in ensuring that the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo region remains open for business 365 days a year. Let’s remove major flooding from the long list of national headlines about our community.”