Cass County officials aiming to fill 100,000 sandbags with flooding potentially matching 2011 levels

Image by WDAY News Staff - Tom Tucker
Image by WDAY News Staff - Tom Tucker

(Fargo, ND) -- A meteorologist with the National Weather Service says the Fargo Moorhead area could see significant flooding event in the coming days, similar to flood levels recorded in 2011. 

"We're going to continue to see those below normal temperatures. Any widespread snowmelt. any sort of runoff getting into the rivers is not expected to begin until at least April 10th, if not later. We can see that the latter half of the month still has a below normal temperature signal," said Jim Kaiser.

Kaiser says the winter storm now approaching could bring another 1.5 inches of water content. on top of the 5 inches which have already accumulated this winter. 

That could lead the Red River to crest at just under 39 feet in the metro. 

The update came during a meeting Monday morning, attended by area elected officials including Senator John Hoeven. 

During the meeting, Cass County officials said they are confident of getting enough volunteers to fill 100,000 sandbags to be used in areas around the county.  

The county is soliciting volunteers, including area school students, to help fill sandbags.

Those efforts are currently scheduled to take place April 11th through the 14th, at the Cass County Highway Department at 1201 Main Avenue in West Fargo.