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Southwood/Fargo Country Club

The Southwood area has a history of flood risk and efforts have been made to reduce the risk to this neighborhood.

Since 1997, 18 homes on the south side of the development have been purchased and removed to accommodate a levee, which was constructed in the summer of 2011.

Following the record flood of 2009 and the repeated threat of flooding to levels in excess of 40-feet in 2010 and 2011, the residents along the north side of the development petitioned the City to develop a project behind their properties. As a result and prior to the 2011 flood fight, the City developed, in conjunction with the Fargo Country Club and the Southwood residents, possible alignments for a permanent project.  An alignment was chosen for the emergency levee, which started on the east end of Southwood Drive and followed the perimeter of the Fargo Country Club property north to 26th Avenue South. 

In the summer of 2011, the City, along with Houston Engineering, worked closely with the Fargo Country Club and Southwood residents to come up with an acceptable permanent levee location.  In the fall of 2011, final plans were developed and the project went out for bids. Ryan Contracting was awarded the project with their low bid of $773,661. Construction of the project began in the fall of 2011 and majority of the construction was completed that fall.