Moorhead evacuations may end soonThe last of Moorhead’s voluntary evacuations could be lifted today or Thursday, Mayor Mark Voxland said during a news conference Tuesday.
By: Helmut Schmidt, INFORUM
The last of Moorhead’s voluntary evacuations could be lifted today or Thursday, Mayor Mark Voxland said during a news conference Tuesday.
In a step back toward normalcy, city officials also announced late Tuesday that residents living east of Eighth Street could resume normal water use and unplug drains.
But residents living south of Main Avenue and west of Eighth Street are asked by officials to continue to conserve water and keep lower-level drains plugged.
In the meantime, Voxland and other city officials cautioned area residents to leave their sandbag dikes in place and not brush them clear of the snow that blitzed into the region Monday and Tuesday, lest soggy sandbags shift and cause a breach.
That heavy, wet spring snow is expected to bring another high crest to the Red River – perhaps 37 feet by mid-April – the National Weather Service reports.
“My strong urging is we need to keep those sandbag dikes up,” Voxland said.
He said the Minnesota Department of Transportation helped clear the city’s thoroughfares during the storm as city workers continued the flood fight.
Today’s forecast calls for winds from the northwest, which may cause problems for Minnesota dikes due to wave action, and wind-driven ice chunks and debris, the weather service reported.
Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist cautioned county residents to limit travel and to be careful on county roads, many still slick from recent flooding. He said a National Guard truck was pulled from a ditch near Oakport Township, just north of Moorhead, when it slid due to damaged roads and icy conditions.
City Manager Mike Redlinger urged residents to be sure that contractors they hire for post-flood repairs are properly licensed and bonded and get building permits for all work they do. He said residents can call (218) 299-5390 to check to see if the city has the contractors on file.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Helmut Schmidt at (701) 241-5583