Flooding in the Fargo-Moorhead area
This is where you'll find the latest news about flooding in the Fargo-Moorhead area, along with current flood conditions and a look back at the flood fight history in our area.
Without adequate funding, the project to remove part of Newfolden from the 100-year floodplain will remain in limbo.
Mark Bittner devoted almost 43 years to the Fargo City Engineering Department. He instituted a digital mapping system that was crucial in fighting floods.
A group of landowners met Thursday evening to discuss a petition they plan to submit to the Devils Lake Outlets Management Advisory Committee, State Water Board and Gov. Doug Burgum
Diversion's 'passive' features will make Cass County floods look like Clay County floods, officials say
Features built into the 30-mile diversion channel will accept floodwaters from three western tributaries that cause overland flooding north and west of West Fargo extending to Harwood, North Dakota.
HISTORIC FLOOD PHOTOS
1/20: Homes stand in water after sandbag ring dikes failed in 1997 at the west end of 42nd Avenue South in Fargo. Forum file photo
2/20: A car plows its way through the sitting water on East Havens in Mitchell on Thursday morning following the Wednesday night storms in the region. Photo / Matt Gade - Republic
3/20: 1997 flood coverage. Forum file photo
4/20: Two residents of the Oak Grove neighborhood leave their home in 1997 when one of the few major dike breaks in Fargo caused the neighborhood to flood. Colburn Hvidston III / The Forum
5/20: Sandbagging during the 1997 flood. Forum file photo
6/20: Weary from the flood flight in the spring of 1997, many residents suddenly found themselves without power when a massive ice storm hit the region. Forum file photo
7/20: The Red River reaches the flood wall along Second Street North in downtown Fargo on Monday, April 8, 2018. David Samson / The Forum
8/20: Concordia students Amy Luther, from left, Amy Freeman, Kelly Kalvoda and Andrea Rognlien fill sandbags Monday evening inside the Fargodome. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
9/20: U.S. Coast Guard members rescue people from flooding in Cass County on March 25, 2009.
10/20: Patrick Stoa, left, catches a sandbag tossed to him by Geoffrey Billingsley in 2009 as they, along with many other volunteers, constructed a dike along the north side of Rose Coulee in the Rose Creek neighborhood. At the time, Stoa was a student at Minnesota State University Moorhead and Billingsley was a student at the University of North Dakota. In the background is the home of Mary Unhjem. Forum file photo
11/20: Kindred High School students sandbag the Dale Mathiason home in Oxbow, N.D., during the 2011 flood fight. David Samson / The Forum
12/20: Homes float in the waters of the 1897 flood in what is now Moorhead's Woodlawn Park. Photo Courtesy the Historical and Cultural Society of Clay County
13/20: This neighborhood is flooded southwest of Harwood, North Dakota, during the 2011 flood.
14/20: This neighborhood is flooded southwest of Harwood, N.D., during the 2011 flood. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
15/20: Flood waters approach the High Rise after flooding apartment garages as seen in this April 17, 1997, aerial view looking northwest over downtown Fargo. Forum file photo
16/20: Car that was washed away and ended up this way on Fenton Ave. in the Riverside Park area April 24, 1997. Herald file photo.
17/20: The water on these flooded fields seen Thursday south of West Fargo will drain into the Wild Rice River east of Horace and eventually the Red River. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
18/20: Zach Boor, 12, whose face is splattered with mud, passes a sandbag down the line as he joined college students to help build a dike along the north side of Rose Coulee on March 23 in Fargo. Forum file photo
19/20: Fargo City Commissioner Brad Wimmer, left, Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland, Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker, Fargo City Commissioner Tim Mahoney and Clay County Commissioner Kevin Campbell head discussion of the Metro Flood Management Committee meeting Tuesday at Ramada Plaza Suites in Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor
20/20: Overland flooding from the Sheyenne River creates a sea of water north of West Fargo and west of Cass County Road 17 in mid-April. Craig McEwen / The Forum
By late January 2009, the National Weather Service suggested a 10 percent chance that the Red River would swell to 38.7 feet, nearly a foot below the 1997 level. A few weeks later, forecasters reinforced that belief, but noted additional precipitation and the spring thaw could be key factors in the flood fight.
This story originally published April 12, 2011, in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
'History in the making': Have we seen a big flood? Past shows flood-prone Red has potential for larger crests
This story originally published April 12, 2009, in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
'History in the making': Region’s flood are thousands of years in the making and they’re apt to keep coming
This story originally published May 24, 2009, in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
This story originally published May 2, 2013, in The Forum of Fargo- Moorhead.
This story originally published April 10, 2011, in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
This story originally published March 22, 2010, in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
This story originally published March 29, 2009, in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
This story originally published April 5, 2006, in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
This story originally published April 16, 2001, in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
This story originally published April 19, 1997, in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
'History in the making': Economic impact is far-reaching: Study shows Fargo-Moorhead flooding could have wide effect on region
This story originally published Sept. 10, 2010, in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead.
This story originally published March 29, 2010, in The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead
BISMARCK -- Local leaders in north-central North Dakota have undertaken an ambitious project to protect communities across the Mouse River Basin, including Minot.
Zach Scott is a former MSUM wrestler who now wants to help homeowners pin their leaky basements and moisture problems to the mat.
The repairs come during a busy month for crews, transitioning from snowplowing, to making sandbags and delivering them, to now fixing roads northeast of Mapleton and around Tower City.
Water began entering the stadium on April 20 and completely covered the field over the weekend. The chairman for Fargo Post 2 baseball said recent improvements should limit the impacts.
The First Avenue bridge has reopened after crews removed the flood wall on the morning of April 24. A division engineer for the city says they plan to have all other walls removed by Wednesday.
River levels in the southern and central Red River Valley, from Wahpeton, North Dakota, to Halstad, Minnesota, have crested and are on the way down.
Traffic in the northbound bypass lane will be closed, resulting in a single-lane roadway on Thursday, April 27. The County Road 16 southbound on-ramp will be closed for around four months.
However, flooding will continue to be a problem just immediately north of Fargo and on downstream.
A co-owner of the 4e Winery just south of Casselton says the flooding got as close as their grape vines, but it may end up helping their business rather than hurting it.
Most residents in rural areas around Harwood feel the same; they’re watching, but not worried even as Cass County officials warn that rising flood waters could reach top five flood levels.
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It is undetermined whether her death was caused by drowning or crash injuries.
In the northern valley, the Red River is expected to crest sometime next week, with more northern locations like Drayton and Pembina seeing crests in early May.
After two shots of moisture expected this week, forecasters predict drier weather next week as rivers continue to rise from the spring snowmelt.