Temporary flood walls in Fargo coming down after Red River crests

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.

Fargo public works crews work to remove the flood wall near the First Avenue bridge on April 24, 2023.
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FARGO — The First Avenue bridge has been reopened after City of Fargo Public Works crews removed the temporary flood wall there the morning of Monday, April 24. This comes just four days after the bridge was first closed April 20.

Nathan Boerboom, division engineer for the City of Fargo, said because the Red River crested over the weekend, public works is scheduled to remove every temporary wall they put up last week by the end of Wednesday.

He said the walls are being taken down in the order that has the most impact on improving the flow of traffic in the city.

Boerboom also said the city didn't have to lay any sandbags this year, meaning the 80,000 sandbags Fargo got from Sandbag Cass will remain in storage in case they're needed in the future.

"We still have another three (or) four years without the diversion in place so, there will still be the potential that we'll need to do some sandbagging on the interim," Boerboom said.


In addition to the First Avenue bridge, Boerboom said public works crews are also working to take down the temporary walls near Second Street South to end the closures there by the end of the day.

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