Cass County would like to thank the City of Fargo for the great collaboration in completing last week’s Sandbag Central. Due to the outstanding volunteer support of Cass County’s rural and urban residents and students, Cass County now has 115,000 sandbags filled and ready to deploy.
Rural Cass County residents should continue to prepare for major flooding on the Sheyenne and Maple Rivers, along with the Red River. While we are experiencing a slow melt, the National Weather Service still predicts a 50% chance that we will encounter similar flood conditions as the 2019 flood. Rural residents in the Kindred, Mapleton, and Harwood areas need to plan and be prepared for significant overland flooding.
With ongoing concerns with the COVID-19 virus, rural residents may be wondering how this will affect Cass County’s flood response. Rest assured, Cass County stands ready to support rural residents with both filled sandbags and bundles of empty sandbags and loads of sand. We are ready to use small teams to deploy sandbags and coordinate with residents in a manner that is consistent with social distancing guidelines.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we will not host public information meetings as in past years. In leu of public meeting we will be putting out video messages that will be posted on our County website as flood conditions change. We encourage residents to go to our County website at https://www.casscountynd.gov/services/2020-flood-information. We are also prepared to answer flood related questions at our flood hotline at 701-241-8000.