Health & Safety

Personal Health Information

Unsafe Roads During Flood

Flooding can cause extremely hazardous driving conditions that are often overlooked or misunderstood. Drivers tend to underestimate the power running water can have on a vehicle, remain patient when driving, and follow all posted road signs.

Things to Remember

  • Six inches of water can reach the bottom of most cars, causing a loss of control or stalling.
  • One foot of rushing water is enough to sweep a person off his or her feet.
  • Two feet of rushing water can carry away most cars - including SUVs and trucks.
  • Most flood related deaths occur at night and are vehicle related.
  • Even if water looks shallow enough to cross, don't do it.

In Case of an Emergency Situation

Vulnerable Resident Registry

At risk or vulnerable people are those who live independently or with the help of a care giver and yet may need additional assistance in the event of a disaster, especially in the area of transportation. These populations include, but are not limited to, those who are disabled, frail or have significant health issues. Fargo Cass Public Health has a pre-registration system to help identify these individuals and where they can be located, and if necessary, assist them in relocation to a safe place in case of emergency. Please call 701-241-1360 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to register and receive more information.

Evacuation Procedure for Residents

Although West Fargo is safe with the Sheyenne Diversion in place, it is wise to prepare for the possibility of an evacuation. Please click here for information on the City of West Fargo's plans in case of a disaster evacuation and guidelines for the citizens.


CodeRED is an automated notification system the city can use to call up to 60,000 phone numbers per hour with a recorded message. CodeRED can reach West Fargo residents by residential phone, business phone or cell phone. It will make three attempts to contact citizens and will leave messages in voicemail boxes and on answering machines. Emergency managers can send a message to the entire city or to a selected area.