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Posted on: April 18, 2023

[ARCHIVED] City of West Fargo closes Sheyenne Diversion gates

Sheyenne Diversion Gate Closures

City of West Fargo officials, in cooperation with Southeast Cass Water Resource District, initiated north and south gate closures on the Sheyenne River, diverting all flow around town from I-94 to the northern limits. With the recent warm temperatures and sunshine, the spring melt has begun with significant movement in the Sheyenne River. While the diversion is in full operation, officials will continue to focus on standard spring operations by monitoring river conditions, internal drainage systems and other critical infrastructure until water levels dissipate. 

The City of West Fargo began preparing for spring melt at the end of March. Public Works is working to prevent river back flow, preparing internal drainage systems and clearing culverts. The department is also staffing 24/7 to monitor river and ice conditions in the river. 

The Sheyenne River south of I-94 will flow full while the gates are closed so ensuring riverbank integrity is critical. The City of West Fargo reminds residents, especially those with properties along the river south of I-94, to monitor and report on riverbank conditions by emailing The City of West Fargo will also continue to work closely with Southeast Cass Water Resource District to coordinate operation of the diversion and monitoring critical areas as needed. 

To assist with controlling the influx of water entering the City of West Fargo’s sewer system during the spring melt, all residents of West Fargo must divert their sump pump discharge water outside beginning April 15. Residents are also reminded that flushing anything other than common toilet paper can lead to clogged pipes, sewage backing up in pipes and major issues at lift stations. Even products labeled as “flushable” will cause issues and should be discarded in trash. Residents can also assist by clearing clogged storm drains on streets so water can evenly flow into the City’s storm sewer system.

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