Bringing Permanent, Reliable Flood Protection to the Fargo-Moorhead Area


Red River Valley Flood Risk Increasing

The Red River is unique due to its low gradient and northward flow. These features also lead to a high flooding risk. Ice melt comes earlier in southern regions, causing ice jams and other conditions that result in flooding nearly every year. This makes the Red River Valley one of the most flood-prone areas in the U.S.

Extreme precipitation, two inches or more, has increased in frequency since 1990 and has worsened further since 2015.

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Investing Now to Avoid Costly Damages

Red River flooding in 1997 demonstrated the devastating effects a disaster can have on a single metro area. Damages in Grand Forks, North Dakota and East Grand Forks, Minnesota amounted to $3.5 billion (over $6.4 billion when adjusted for inflation). Knowing that a 100-year or 500-year flood event would likely cause even greater damage to the more-developed Fargo-Moorhead metro area puts flood protection measures in perspective as a worthwhile investment.

Together, as a coalition of stakeholders and leaders on both sides of the river, we are working to bring permanent, reliable flood protection to our community.


How the Diversion Project is Structured


The MFDA is responsible for ensuring the safe and timely construction of the Stormwater Channel Diversion Channel and Associated Infrastructure, land acquisition, mitigation efforts, environmental permit compliance and administrative coordination of the Comprehensive Project.  The Corps is responsible for the Federal Work which consists of the construction of the Southern Embankment and Associated Infrastructure. Our target for delivering permanent reliable flood protection is 2027.


Metro Flood Diversion Authority Information

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