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How to Prepare for a Flood -- The North Dakota Way

April 22, 2013
By: Davis Michaelsen, Pro Farmer Inputs Monitor Editor

North Dakota State University Extension (NDSUE) offers some well timed advice on dealing with floods. Forecasters are calling for warmer temperatures to take hold in the northern Corn Belt soon and as the snow melts, floods are a near certainty. The video below is from NDSUE and details how to build a sandbag dike -- there's more to it than one might think --and is one of three flood-related 'how-to' videos on the extension website (click here to visit).



Whether you are in a flood zone or not, a basic understanding of how to properly build a sandbag dike is handy to have in your back pocket on the farm. In addition, the website gives video instructions on plugging drains to prevent sewage backup, and sump pump tips, should your area flood.

In this year following drought, flash flood preparedness may have wound up on the back burner. Areas of flooding are predicted for the Red River Valley in particular, and while some forecasters say this could be 'the big one', others disagree. The National Weather Service sees a 40% chance the Red River could top 2009's record of 40.84 feet, but Fargo city administrators believe this year's flood will be 'manageable'.

A lot of snow will be melting in the northern U.S. in the coming days, and rivers and tributaries will be subject to flash flooding. 'Safety first' is the way to go, and if you are in a low lying, flood-prone area, experts advise preparedness. Visit the North Dakota State University Extension to learn more.


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