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Published April 30, 2014, 06:25 PM

Nearly 200 people will have to move out of their Fargo apartment complex, so a flood-wall can go up in its place

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Nearly 200 people living in a Fargo apartment complex are angry and worried for the future after finding out they'll be forced to move.

By: Kay Cooley, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Nearly 200 people living in a Fargo apartment complex are angry and worried for the future after finding out they'll be forced to move.

Park East Apartments will be torn down so a flood-wall can go up in its place.

As the river water creeps higher and higher outside their windows, 185 tenants living in Park East Apartments will have to move to make way for more Fargo flood protection.

But one of those tenants, aren't even settled in yet.

For Don Matthews, The last 24 hours have been nuts.

Don Matthews: “Went through the painstaking of moving it in, then got here and got a note on my door.”

Don and his girlfriend were literally carrying these boxes into their brand new apartment...hoping to start a new life, when they found this.

A letter telling them they'd most likely, have to move back out.

Matthews: “Honestly, my jaw dropped.”

Along with everyone else in their apartment complex.

So the city can put in a $53,000, 000 floodwall, to protect our town from the rising Red.

"it's frustrating"

Matthews was tempted to turn right around with their things, but thought twice.

Matthews: “We already told the old landlord we had moved out, they already had someone else coming. So we had to be out.”

And now he has no clue, when they'll have to move out of here.

Matthews: “It's either going to be in a few months or two years and I’m like, 'Either way, it's probably putting me in a compromising situation.'"

So for now when it comes to unpacking, he's only putting away the essentials.

Instead, it's time to search.

Matthews: “Looking for a new place. Hopefully, we don't have to but we definitely need to, just to have that cushion.”

Tenants will be given at least 90 days’ notice before they'll have to move, and before that can happen... City officials are working to finish appraising the complex then will make an offer to owners; Roers Property Management.

I spoke with a Roers representative today who said they'll continue with business as usual- that means renting apartments at Park East- until they have a better timeline.

And for the Fargo highrise right next door... This floodwall project will take out a small portion of its parking lot, but will not force out any residents.

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