FARGO — Dick and Margie Bailly thought they would live in their Fargo home along the Red River until the day they were taken to the nursing home. They laughed at the joke as they talked about the South River Drive house they lived in for almost 40 years. The home in which they raised their three boys was identified in 2012 for a flood protection buyout. In August 2013, the family closed the front door to the house one last time. They were told to have the home sweep clean, and Dick Bailly remembers vacuuming the rooms, preparing what he called his dream home to be demolished.
FARGO — Cass County has announced it will host three meetings with residents to discuss how to best prepare for spring flooding. The meetings are meant to inform residents about initial flood prevention activities planned for rural neighborhoods, county officials said in a news release. The county also launched on Thursday, March 21, its flood hotline: 701-241-8000. "This number will initially be answered during business hours and will expand hours as the crest nears," the release said. The three meetings will each be held at 7 p.m.:
FARGO — A slow thaw is helping the chances that Fargo won’t see a worst-case scenario for major flooding. Snow continues to melt as daytime temperatures climb above 32 degrees, but freezing nights have helped slow runoff, according to a spring thaw outlook released Thursday, March 21, by the National Weather Service. “Everything is not thawing out all at once and getting water moving quickly,” weather service meteorologist Amanda Lee said. “It’s just making it more of a gradual situation, which is really the best-case scenario.”
FARGO — Volunteers now can sign up to help fill 1 million sandbags as the city of Fargo gears up its flood-fighting operations next week. City Hall launched its Sandbag Central volunteer website and hotline Thursday morning, March 21, allowing people to sign up for times to fill bags ahead of an anticipated flood. Sandbag filling is set to begin Tuesday, March 26, with weekday work running 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. until 1 million bags are filled, a city news release said.
FARGO — A potentially historic flood could have impacts across Cass County as waters threaten to isolate rural residents by overtaking roads and bridges. County Engineer Jason Benson told the Cass County Commission Monday, March 18, what to expect, given that forecasts call for a chance of near-record or record-breaking flooding of the Red River this year in the Fargo-Moorhead area. Tributary rivers, like the Sheyenne, Maple and Rush, likely will break out with overland flooding, he said.
KINDRED, N.D. — Marvel Von Hagen and her love of 37 years were living the good life. The 60-year-old woman built hotels for a living while her man went to his job as a plumber. The couple who have lived in the Kindred home for 29 years are giving people — he fixes a neighbor’s burst pipes without accepting payment, and she uses her talents as an artist to create stunning pieces in colored pencil for charity.
FARGO — The North Dakota Department of Transportation and North Dakota Highway Patrol have opened Interstate 29 from Grand Forks to the Canadian border. The following closures remain in effect:
FARGO — Not again. Not another blizzard. Stop with the subzero temperatures. And for the love of everything that is good, please stop snowing! That may be how Red River Valley residents respond when they see more snow in the forecast. This winter has produced some of the coldest days and strongest storms in recent history.
COURTENAY, N.D. — On any given day, the blades of 100 wind turbines that wrap around the central North Dakota town of Courtenay rotate softly over the prairie, generating enough energy to power 105,000 homes. But when temperatures dropped below negative 20 degrees on Jan. 29, the white towers automatically came to a standstill and ceased to produce electricity. Until the air warmed up beyond that threshold, the turbines remained dormant.
FARGO — An “unmerciful” March is expected to bring more cold and snowy weather, and with it comes increased threats for flooding in the Red River Valley, the National Weather Service said Thursday, March 7. Above normal snowfall has hit the region and is expected to continue this month, meteorologists said in an updated spring flood outlook. Two large storms are forecast to pummel the valley in the next seven days. Cities along the Red River, including Fargo and Moorhead, likely will see moderate to major snow-melt flooding, the weather service said.