Plans for Fargo’s 2nd Street flood control project are moving forward with new designs for landscaping and the selection of materials to be used on flood walls and other architecture. This project is designed to work in conjunction with the F-M Area Diversion Project to provide the City of Fargo with optimal flood protection.

After careful consideration, the Fargo City Commission selected an option that runs along 2nd Street North, from approximately NP Avenue to 6th Avenue North. This option provides flood protection for portions of the downtown area along with public green space and a walking path along the river. It also calls for the realignment of 2nd Street between 1st Avenue North and 6th Avenue North and the closure of the intersection at 3rd Avenue and 2nd Street.

Today, 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 downtown from floodwaters and has been installed five times in the last five years. In fact, it was 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.

Fargo residents are encouraged to review the plans, available here on the City of Fargo’s website, and offer feedback to the City of Fargo Engineering Department at Work on the 2nd Street flood control project is expected to begin this fall.