The National Weather Service says above-normal snowfall and deep frost in the soil have increased the threat of major spring flooding in the Red River Valley. City Engineer Bob Zimmerman says Moorhead is well-prepared, but some temporary dikes might be needed as a precaution. “I think since ’09 I’ve acquired more than 260 properties [and] built 12 miles of levee, so that the situation is dramatically different. That doesn’t mean that there’s nothing to do,” Zimmerman says.
Fargo City Administrator Bruce Grubb says temporary levees and sandbagging might be needed in some parts of that city. “Any type of emergency flood fight would be much more strategic than it was widespread back in 2011,” Grubb says.