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Published April 28, 2014, 08:51 PM

Spring rains prompt minimal flooding concerns

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The next closure the city is expecting will be the bridge on North Broadway.

By: Drew Trafton, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The next closure the city is expecting will be the bridge on North Broadway.

So far cars keep on driving by and the bridge remains open.

We've been told the decision will be made to close the bridge once the river rises to 22 or 23 feet-- a few feet below moderate flood stage.

And while this is a focal point of concern for the community... there is always a silver lining.

Or, in this case, ways to make this storm water work in your favor.

Storm water, Flows on to many surfaces before hitting your neighborhood storm drains.

Bob Backman/River Keepers: "it is picking up pollutants. Things that come of our roof. Things that drop off our car."

Bob Backman works for River Keepers.

And he's concerned about what comes with that water that goes from the drain to the Red.

Backman: "That water's route, on its way to the river, picks up pollutants." "

So, for past 8 springs, he has been teaming up with Cass County Soil Conservation District to teach interested residents how to use rain barrels.

Backman: "What we're trying to do is get people to hold some of that water, say 50 gallons even. 50 gallons on your own property and then use that water to water some plants, water your garden."

But Backman says you don't need to use the 55 gallon barrels he sends home with students to make a difference.

Backman: "We've had people who will take a 5 gallon pail and set it outside and catch some rain and that certainly works. And they might even put that 5 gallon pail on an end of a down spout."

And the more you catch, the more you'll save as well.

Get this, on a 10 foot by 15 foot roof surface, you can catch 90 gallons of water from an inch of rainfall.

Over time that can add up in the heat of summer.