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Fargo moves into cleanup mode as river goes down

FARGO -- John Huth is one of dozens of Fargo area residents hauling sandbags once again this week -- but this time, it's away from the water and toward the curb.

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John Huth piles sandbags in front of his home Tuesday at 3914 River Drive in south Fargo. He is halfway through removong the 3,000 sandbags placed behind his home. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

FARGO -- John Huth is one of dozens of Fargo area residents hauling sandbags once again this week -- but this time, it's away from the water and toward the curb.

Fargo officials and residents are in cleanup mode now that the flood threat is over for this spring.

As of 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, the Red was observed at 30.88 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

The river is forecast to fall overnight back into moderate flood stage, or below 30 feet.

Other area rivers also continue to drop, including the Sheyenne and Wild Rice rivers.

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Huth said he's halfway finished moving the 3,000 sandbags placed behind his south Fargo home out to the curb for disposal.

"I'm trying to spread it out over six days," he said as he took a quick break from his work Tuesday afternoon.

South Fargo neighborhoods -- such as Huth's on River Drive -- are speckled with piles of hundreds of sandbags lying on the side of city streets, awaiting pickup by city contractors.

Fargo plans to award bids today for sandbag and dike removal. Crews could be picking up sandbags as early as this weekend, Fargo City Planner Mark Williams said.

While residents are encouraged to do as much as they can in breaking down their sandbag levees, city officials are offering help through an assistance program.

Residents must submit an application by April 7. The city will assess residents' needs and contract for the removal of sandbag levees, which will likely begin April 19.

Meanwhile, clay dikes along the Red River in Fargo also could be gone within the next couple of weeks.

Contractors might begin tearing down the dikes as early as Thursday afternoon -- beginning with the First Avenue bridge intersection and Second Street North in downtown Fargo, said Dave Johnson, senior city engineer.

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Cass County already has begun picking up sandbags in communities along the Red and Wild Rice rivers.

Related Topics: 2010 FLOODS
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