Spring Flooding Prep BeginsSpring flood prep is already underway on both sides of the river before most of our snow has even melted. Workers say it's important to get ready as soon as possible because you never know when spring will arrive.
By: Adam Ladwig, WDAZ
Spring flood prep is already underway on both sides of the river before most of our snow has even melted. Workers say it's important to get ready as soon as possible because you never know when spring will arrive.
Both the Grand Forks and East Grand Forks Street Departments spent the day hauling snow to make way for flood walls.
Mark Aubol, Grand Forks Streets Department: Every year we go through the same process."
Moving mountains of snow to make room for flood walls.
Mark: "We'll get that cleaned up this week then we'll start working on getting the flood walls out, making sure that they're ready to go."
Even though the river is still frozen, crews are also dealing with open water on the streets.
Bruce: Today we're trying to open up the catch basins to get the water flowing off the streets.
Adam: This water will wind up in the Red River. Workers are trying to get the water to the river ahead of major runoff.
Bruce Hecht, Grand Forks Streets Department: "Especially if we get a quick thaw this year."
The National Weather Service predicts heavy runoff this year. Grand Forks Street Superintendent Mark Aubol says the city is prepared for the worst.
Aubol: "If we need to get back and things change then we can go access it. Put em up higher."
Aubol says the city readies for flooding no matter how good or bad the projections are.
Aubol: "We do it pretty much the same way. It's just, if there are certain areas where we don't have to close it off, we wont, but for everybody's protection as the water comes up it's nice to get the area contained and closed down."
Mark Aubol says it's important to get the flood prep done as quickly as possible because you never know when it'll warm up and the runoff will start.