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Riverwood Area Flood Risk Management


In an effort to provide permanent flood protection and reduce the amount of emergency measures needed to protect properties from river flooding in the Riverwood neighborhood, the City of Fargo, in conjunction with Houston Engineering, is developing a flood risk management project, with design starting in 2019 and continuing into 2020.

Previous flood fight efforts within this neighborhood required the construction of emergency sandbag levees.

This proposed flood risk management project includes:

  • Earthen levees constructed to a river stage of 44’
  • Storm sewer installation along the dry side of the levee for drainage
  • Construction of a new storm sewer lift station in the 41st Ave N cul-de-sac
  • Replanting trees that are removed for the levee footprint and the required non-vegetative clear zone

A public meeting presenting the preliminary levee alignment and project features occurred on August 27th, 2019. A PDF of the slideshow presented at the meeting is located on the right hand side of this page.

Soil borings to determine the existing soil strength characteristics along the proposed alignment will occur in September of 2019. After the soil borings have been performed, the levee alignment will be adjusted as needed and a second neighborhood meeting will occur in November or December of 2019 to present the newly proposed alignment.

Proposed Timeline of Design & Construction

  • September 2019: Soil borings (Two)
  • November/December 2019: 2nd neighborhood meeting
  • Early 2020: Presentation of the project to the City Commission
  • Winter/Spring 2020: Easement & property acquisition
  • Spring/Summer 2020: Permit review and approval
  • To Be Determined: Bidding & Construction

This project will require the City to obtain easements on private property for storm sewer, the levee, and the vegetative free clear zone. Full property acquisitions may also be required where the levee and lift station footprints encroach onto or close to existing homes. The project will not commence until all easements and acquisitions have been secured.