Well, spring may finally be around the corner. Don’t quote me – I’m not making any bold predictions. I don’t want to end up in the same boat as that lying groundhog.

In anticipation of all things spring, here are a few things to consider.

If you’re interested in the flood outlook for this spring, there’s a link to the National Weather Service on the Wahpeton website (www.wahpeton.com) in the bottom right corner. It’ll take you to the NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, where you’ll receive up-to-date information.

Also, just above that link there’s a link to Everbridge, Richland County’s Mass Notification Service (formerly Code Red). Click on the link and you can sign up to receive emergency information when it’s distributed.

For those of you looking to clean things up and declutter, Spring Cleanup Week is scheduled for May 20-24. This is a curbside-cleanup for Wahpeton residents only – no outside residents, commercial property, or apartments.

This is also the time for alley restrictions, and effective Monday, March 25 the load limits for all alleys, including concrete alleys, will start. Waste Management will pick up garbage collection in streets and boulevards until further notice. You may call Waste Management at 701-642-8797 with any questions.

And finally, the city is asking residents and businesses to assist in clearing the snow and ice from the storm water catch basin grates to assist with the spring melt. Helping out can lessen any potential water ponding on your street. Most catch basins are located at or near the corners of an intersection. There can be additional catch basins located mid-block.

Hopefully, we’ll have a nice, yet uneventful, spring and we can all look forward to summer fun.

Chris DeVries is the Community Development Director for the city of Wahpeton. He can be reached at 701-591-2109 or chrisd@wahpeton.com

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