Walaker declares state of emergencyAs expected, Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of spring flooding.
As expected, Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker has declared a state of emergency in anticipation of spring flooding.
City Administrator Pat Zavoral said it’s standard procedure, and paves the way for federal assistance if the Red River floods again.
Earlier this month, Fargo city commissioners unanimously approved measures to speed the city’s procurement process once an emergency is declared; increase credit card limits for department directors and emergency operations center staff; increase the length of a state of emergency to 30 days; and give the mayor power to close any or all businesses in an emergency.
Fargo also is asking Gov. John Hoeven to request help from the Army Corps of Engineers in building a clay dike near City Hall and at several other spots.
The river reached a record level in Fargo last spring and is expected to flood again this year.