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Flood-FAQs

Original Document Created: 4/22/13

1: Do I need to get flood insurance?
A: It is up to the individual home or business owner to make that decision with their insurance agent.

2: Where can I find the updated river level?
A: The national weather service website updates river levels in the entire Red River Valley. The level of the Red River in Grand Forks will be updated on the city’s website, www.grandforksgov.com/FloodFight .

3: Where can I get more information about the 2013 flood fight in Grand Forks?
A: The City of Grand Forks will be posting up to date information on its website, www.grandforksgov.com. Residents can also call the Public Information Office at 746-4636.

4. How do I plug my drains, if it becomes necessary to do so?
A. The City of Grand Forks Department of Inspections has provided a how-to list for plugging plumbing systems in order to prevent sewer backup into your home.
Plugging plumbing systems in order to prevent sewer backup into your home
Toilets
To eliminate water from backing up in toilets, the toilet must be removed. Tennis balls, sand bags, etc. placed in toilets will not stop water from coming up under toilets. After removing the toilet, plugs should be used.

Twist tight plugs can be used, they give the best results and are the simplest plugs to install and remove. A properly installed twist tight plug will not leak or be forced out due to back pressure.

Tapered wood plugs can be used but must be braced to ceiling with a 2 x 4 piece of wood. If your ceiling is finished (sheet rocked), a piece of plywood should be placed at ceiling between 2 x 4 brace and finished ceiling. Wood plugs will seep and can swell up making removal difficult.

Sinks and Wash Tubs
To plug sinks and wash tubs, remove traps and use a plug or threaded cap. Rubber type caps with band clamps and twist tight plugs can also be used.

Washing Machine Standpipes
If standpipe has a removable type trap, use same procedure as for sinks above. If not, a twist tight plug or rubber cap with band clamp can be used.

Floor Drains
Floor drains can be plugged with twist tight plugs or tapered wood plugs braced to ceiling the same way as described above for toilets.

Shower Stall
May be plugged the same as floor drains.

Bath Tub Drains
Bath tub drains are more difficult as the trap must be removed and the drain pipe plugged or capped in the same manner as a sink. In an extreme emergency it may be necessary to call a plumber to plug a bath tub drain.

Self Draining Drain Tile Sump Pits
Self draining sumps that drain directly into the sanitary sewer are in violation of federal, state and city codes. In order to avoid over loading lift stations, causing sewers to back up in basements, self draining pits must be cut off and properly capped off. Information provided by the Department of Inspections, Joe Kalenze, Plumbing Inspector. Additional questions may be answered at 701-746-2634.

6. Is the Point Bridge Closed?
a. No

7. Is the Sorlie Bridge Closed?
a. No

8. Is the Kennedy Bridge Closed?
a. No.

9. What roads in Grand Forks County are closed?
a. Several roads in the county may be affected by flood waters. A complete list and map of road closures in Grand Forks County will be available in the future at www.grandforksgov.com




City of Grand Forks
255 N 4th Street * Grand Forks, ND 58203 * Phone (701) 746-INFO