2nd Street North Flood Control Project
The City of Fargo has developed four options to help reduce flood risk in the downtown area along 2nd Street North from approximately NP Avenue to 6th Avenue North. These four options provide the same levels of protection but present different opportunities for defining our river corridor through the inclusion of:
- Enhanced public space options
- Area for future redevelopment that is protected from frequent flooding
- Ways of maintaining various levels of connectivity to the river
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As anyone familiar with a Fargo flood fight knows, the portion of 2nd Street North, from NP Avenue to 6th Avenue North, requires the construction of a temporary earth levee whenever the river is projected to reach major flood stage at a river gage level of 30-feet or higher. This temporary levee protects areas of the downtown from floodwaters and has been installed five times in the last five years. In fact, it was actually required to be installed two times in 2013 alone due to separate spring and summer floods.
While the City has been successful to date in holding back the Red River with these temporary measures, it is vital to establish permanent protection that is far more reliable than the emergency efforts. To advance toward that goal the City has developed four options, listed on the right column of this page, for potential flood risk reduction projects.
To help in determining which project option should be moved forward, the City gathered public feedback via an online survey. This feedback will be reviewed and presented to the City Commission for consideration when they are deciding which project should be constructed.