Elm Circle Area Flood Risk Management


In an effort to provide permanent flood protection and reduce the amount of emergency measures needed to protect properties in the Elm Circle neighborhood from river flooding, the City of Fargo, in conjunction with Houston Engineering, is developing a flood risk management project that will be designed in 2019 and constructed in 2020/2021.

Previous flood fight efforts within this neighborhood required the construction of emergency clay, sandbag and Hesco barrier levees.

This proposed flood risk management project includes:

  • Earthen levees constructed to a river stage of 44’
  • Storm sewer installation along the dry side of the levee for drainage
  • Realignment of the road into Trefoil Park
  • Replanting trees that are removed for the levee footprint and the required non-vegetative clear zone

A neighborhood meeting to present levee alignments and project features occurred on September 19th, 2019. A PDF of the slideshow presented at the meeting is located on the right hand side of this page.

A second public meeting occurred on January 21st, 2020 in order to present the refined alignment that will be presented to the City Commission for approval. A PDF of the slideshow presented at the meeting is located on the right hand side of this page.

Proposed Timeline of Design & Construction

  • October 2019: Soil Borings
  • November/December 2019: Alignment finalization
  • January 21st 2020: 2nd Neighborhood Meeting
  • Winter 2020: Presentation of the project to the City Commission
  • Winter/Spring 2020: Easement acquisition
  • Spring/Summer 2020: Permit review and approval
  • To be determined: Commencement of construction

The project will require the City to obtain easements for the levee and clear zone across private property. The project will not commence until all easements for the levee have been secured.