All of the rivers in the Red River Valley were higher than normal and rising in the second week of 1969. On April 9, the combination of the high level of the Sheyenne River and heavy rain caused storm sewers back up. Most of the streets in West Fargo were temporarily flooded. Things became more serious later that week when from 8 a.m. on April 9, to 8 a.m. on April 10 the Sheyenne at West Fargo rose 5.65 feet.
In April of 2009, the story was very different. The Salvation Army and Red Cross had shelters open. Food pantries were working at top capacity. Fargo and outlying areas were waiting for the water to recede from the second highest crest on record for the Red River. The Sheyenne River Diversion, an idea that was spawned in no small part by the flood of 1969, did its job and kept West Fargo from serious flooding.