Flood FAQ


  • How can I volunteer to help with flood preparations?

    At this time, the City of Moorhead does not need to fill any sandbags to protect public infrastructure.

    If you would you like to volunteer to help residents, FirstLink manages volunteer check-in sites and a disaster volunteer helpline during disasters. If you are interested in volunteering, FirstLink can help connect you with your neighbors who may have needs for sandbaggers. Please click here to register and search FirstLink or call their administrative phone number at 701.293.6462.

  • How do I learn about the City of Moorhead’s flood preparation?

    The most up-to-date information is posted to cityofmoorhead.com. Use the FLOOD INFO button on the homepage. Please sign up to receive emergency and non-emergency information directly:

    • Sign up for eNotification – Service Alerts is the category that will be used for flood messages
    • Sign up for Code Red
  • I have a specific question about flooding related to my property. Who do I contact?

    Email flood@cityofmoorhead.com or call 218.299.5300 during regular business hours of 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

  • Do I need flood insurance?
    For information on the National Flood Insurance Program, please contact a local insurance agent. Note that there is a 30-day waiting period for flood insurance to take effect once purchased.
  • Will my property be affected by a flood?
    Enter your address into our Flood Mapping Tool. This will tell you the "critical elevation" for your parcel and building. You may also view the simulated impact at various river flood stages by adjusting the flood stage at the bottom of the page.
  • In some flood events, there has been a need for property owners to plug drains. Will that be the case this year?
    There have been a number of stormwater gates installed since 2009, and there is not currently a need to plug drains. You should, however, ensure that your sump pump is draining outside and not into the sanitary sewer.
  • Where should I direct a monetary donation to the flood effort?
    The local chapter of the American Red Cross and Salvation Army are each supporting in our community's flood preparation efforts. You may consider a donation to either of them.