Hoeven, Berg visit with Army Corps general on F-M flood prep

John Hoeven

FARGO – North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven and Rep. Rick Berg toured flood preparations in Fargo-Moorhead this morning with the Army Corps of Engineers’ top division official.

Brig. Gen. Michael Walsh joined Hoeven and Berg in reviewing progress on flood protection measures and meeting with local officials to get an update on their efforts.

The group reviewed several locations along the Red River between Fargo and Moorhead, which have historically required emergency measures – including 2nd Street directly in front of Fargo City Hall and the River Villa neighborhood on south 52nd Avenue east of University Drive in Fargo.

Rick Berg

Emergency clay levees will likely be needed again to protect these areas. The height and length of the levees will depend on the final crest level, but the corps estimates the need for 50,000 cubic yards of clay in those locations, Hoeven’s office said.

The men also inspected Moorhead’s Rivershore Drive south of the I-94 from 20th to 32nd avenues South, where the city has made considerable improvements in the last year.

Hoeven said Walsh’s visit supports coordination among all levels of government in preparing for yet another flood fight in the Valley.

“Leaders in this community know how to fight a flood,” Hoeven said. “Our goal is to support them with the federal resources and expertise they need, so that the people who live and work here can feel confident they’ll be protected this spring.”

“A coordinated effort between community, state and federal officials will be a critical component of this year’s flood preparation,” Berg added in the statement. “Our first priority must be working to ensure that the communities at risk have the information and resources they need to prepare for this spring. Working with General Walsh and gaining insight from his pre-flood assessments will continue to be an integral part of this effort.”

For more on this story, read Forum reporter Heidi Shaffer’s report in Friday’s edition of The Forum.