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City of West Fargo officials, in cooperation with Southeast Cass Water Resource District, initiated north and south gate closures on the Sheyenne River, diverting all flow around town from I-94 to the northern limits. With the recent warm temperatures and sunshine, the spring melt has begun with significant movement in the Sheyenne River. Over this past weekend, river levels quickly elevated throughout town and upstream locations reached action levels for closing the gates. While the diversion is in full operation, officials will continue to focus on monitoring river conditions, internal drainage systems and other critical infrastructure until water levels dissipate.
The City of West Fargo has been working diligently to prepare for spring flood conditions. Public Works has already worked to prevent river back flow, prepared internal drainage systems and cleared culverts. The department is also beginning staffing 24/7 to monitor river and ice conditions in the river.
The Sheyenne River south of I-94 will flow full during flood operations so ensuring riverbanks integrity is critical. The City of West Fargo reminds residents, especially those with properties along the river south of I-94, to monitor and report on riverbank conditions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. The City of West Fargo will also continue to work closely with Southeast Cass Water Resource District to coordinate operation of the diversion and monitoring critical areas as needed.
To assist with controlling the influx of water entering the City of West Fargo’s sewer system during the spring melt, all residents of West Fargo must divert their sump pump discharge water outside beginning Wednesday, April 1, 2020. Residents are also reminded that flushing anything other than common toilet paper can lead to clogged pipes, sewage backing up in pipes and major issues at lift stations. Even products labeled as “flushable” will cause issues and should be discarded in trash.
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