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The Red River rises Wednesday morning toward bridge level near Fargo. Michael Vosburg / The Forum

Rising Red River forces Fargo to build small downtown dike

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By Dave Olson

The Forum of Fargo/Moorhead

FARGO – Fargo officials said this morning that heavy rains Tuesday night were expected to push the Red River to a crest of 31.8 feet sometime on Thursday and the city had secured contractors to build a small dike on Second Street that would extend both north and south of Main Avenue.

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The dike building is expected to start today. It’s anticipated the work will exacerbate traffic issues in downtown Fargo, City Engineer April Walker said.

Fargo police said that of 5 a.m. today, streets were under water at 11 locations and some streets remained barricaded as of 8 a.m.

Police urged drivers to respect the barricades. Some drivers had gone around them and gotten stalled in 3 to 5 feet of wa-ter.

Officials said street flooding was particularly a problem in the area of 12th Avenue North in Fargo’s industrial park.

Fargo officials said the city is shutting stormwater outlet gates to the river and city will activate lift stations throughout the day.

Fargo residents living north of Interstate 94 and east of 25th Street were being asked to restrict their water use until noon today.

Many Fargo park programs are being canceled today and the campground in Lindenwood Park will be closed.

The Fargo Fire Department said it is aware of widespread basement flooding. City leaders urged people to monitor their sump pumps to make sure they are working.

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