Brace Yourself

Fargo Gets Ready for Flooding

As the Red River continues to rise because of rapidly melting snow, residents of Fargo, North Dakota, and the surrounding areas have all hands on deck to brace the area for flooding, and have thrown down more than 1 million sandbags at the river’s edge. Members of the National Guard are on site and numerous volunteers have been at work for days, including inmates, who get a day taken off their sentences for each day spent volunteering. "Usually in normal floods there's one day of chaos. We have the potential for not having that this year," said Fargo’s mayor. Still, the river is expected to rise to 38 feet and could put a number of residences and roads in jeopardy. “Right now our focus is on life saving and protecting property,” said a spokesman for FEMA. “We feel confident in our plan.”