FARGO (KFGO) – Overland flooding around Harwood north of West Fargo is expected to intensify this weekend.
The Sheyenne River should go beyond major flood stage Saturday. The county has told people living in the area to make final flood preparations now. Sandbags should be placed, and generators and pumps should have fuel.
The Cass County Flood Hotline is staffed at 241-8000. The sheriffs office has also opened its technical operations center.
In Fargo, the Red River is expected to crest at about 35-ft. Sunday and remain at or near that level into Tuesday before it begins to drop.
Cass County, N.D.– National Weather Service river level forecasts now predict overland flooding in the Harwood area will increase steadily between now and Sunday morning, April 7th.
Entities represented at the TOC include: the sheriffs office; the North Dakota Highway Patrol; Cass County Emergency Management; the Cass County Highway Department; and the North Dakota National Guard. The TOC will operate 24 hours a day until further notice.
As of 6:15 a.m. Friday, April 5th, the Sheyenne River gage at Harwood was observed at 88.22 ft. The Sheyenne River at Harwood is expected to exceed 91 feet by Saturday morning. 91 feet is designated Major Flood Stage.
At this river level, many areas both north and south of Harwood will be impacted by overland flooding. Residents in these areas are urged to make final preparations now. This includes placing sandbags, fueling generators and pumps, and otherwise taking precautions to protect property.
Additional Cass County Sheriffs Deputies, Engineering staff and additional resources will be in Harwood today and over the weekend.