January 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm in INFORUM
Fargo is scrambling to order flood-fighting materials that are in high demand as communities throughout the region prepare for what could be a third straight year of major flooding.
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Nice of our “neighbors” to try to ace us out.
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why are we scrambling? who didnt see this flood coming? let me let our city “leaders” in on a secret….are you ready? its going to flood EVERY YEAR until we do something permanent. save the taxpayers money conducting surveys & research & get a freaking clue already.
& since, as far as i can tell, there has been ZERO granules of sand put down on the roads (or none that i drive on) we should have plenty of sand to put in those sandbags.
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You have no clue about what has been done over the past two years, do you?
Almost $40 million has been spent in Moorhead alone and Fargo has also spent tens of millions on flood mitigation. These are projects either completed or near completion. Fargo now requires half the amount of sandbags they did in 2009. Plus over $100 million in new taxes has been approved by voters for future mitigation. These thing don’t happen overnight, what they have accomplished since 2009 is impressive.
I get sick and tired of people complaining that our cities don’t do anything. These people haven’t been paying attention.
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Yes much has been done. But why does the headline read “Fargo rushes to secure sandbags”, and the first line in the article reads “Fargo is scrambling to order flood-fighting materials”. They knew the potential to need all of this stuff was there. Why wait until now to secure the things they need. I realize there are funding issues, and I don’t fully understand how a federal reimbursement is handled, but it still seems like they could have/should have been more prepared. I just don’t get it, every year its been the same thing, wait, wait , wait and then beg for people to come from all over North Dakota and Minnesota to volunteer to save your cities. You all have one less volunteer this year, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.
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Sandbags are biodegradable. Keeping millions on hand isn’t a good use of mitigation funds.
They can’t be placed yet anyway, so everybody just needs to calm down.
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if they’re left outdoors
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City officials have to wait for the official emergency declartion to be made by the Commission before they can legally enter into contracts for supplies. That declaration can only be made after the NWS starts its predictions for the spring.
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Yes the key word is rushes……..They said in the article they are now “Scrambling” because of the meeting Monday. Why werent they doing this earlier? They have talking HUGE flood for weeks!
Cant wait to hear from all you flood experts commenting………………….
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Could you imagine this flood without hesco barriers and all the materials that saved this city in 2009? That is what it seems like is going to happen if they don’t have these materials purchased now. If Winnipeg beats us to it we are SOL. Better start building the ark.
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Entrepreneurial opportunity: A manufacturer of flood mitigation products based right HERE in Fargo, N.Dakota. There certainly is enough flood experience in this market to know what works and what doesn’t! Is there an enterprising company out there who wants to step up and give it a shot?
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That won’t happen because we’re building an over priced wrongfully placed ditch to protect us all.
And while I’m here, anyone figure out where all the overland flood waters are going to go?
Because from what I know, the Sheyenne diversion doesn’t allow overland flood waters to enter the diversion. That would mean just that much more water being held back to the south.
Or not? enlighten me. I’ld like to know
A lot of overland flooding just gets absorbed into the aquifer or evaporated into the air.
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I can’t help but feel bad for the people of Winnipeg, who needed these supplies just as badly as Fargo. I heard they’re going to get an even worse flood than we are this year. I wonder if these HESCO barriers are reusable, and if we could get them up there in time to help when we’re done with them.
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Is this the only business in the country that makes this stuff?
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