FARGO, N.D. (WCCO) — There are two very different opinions from at least two prominent figures about just how high the Red River may crest this time around, which may very well affect the safety of residents coping with another flood season in Fargo-Moorhead.
Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker is still not ready to bow to official predictions of a red river crest of 38 feet. He says 35 feet is about as high his experts say the river will go.
“My initial was 32 feet, which apparently quite low for some people,” he said.
One of those people may have been Diane Cooper, senior hydrologist with the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, who believes far too much faith is being put on temporary levies and sandbagging.
“I would make sure I had an evacuation route planned and a bag packed in case we do need to evacuate, in the event that something happens. I hope your flood insurance is all in order at this point,” Cooper said.