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F-M Flood-Protected Homeowners Happy

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Some people in Fargo and Moorhead can rest a little easier right now with the current flood outlooks, because their homes are protected. But not everyone is as lucky. 

During this summer the city of Moorhead built up dikes to help protect homes.

"I'm proud of Moorhead for it's efforts to get everything up to code and you know make us all feel protected." says Moorhead resident Julie Olek. And despite the jump in percent of a major flood in the F-M area, Julie says she wasn't too worried.

"That's just kind of an average flood in Fargo, and might close some streets and it might make our back yards, or the ones that are on the river not look so nice for a few weeks but that's you know part of living here."

But despite parts of the F-M area now being protected, Fargo and Wahpeton have the highest outlook of major flooding, according to the National Weather Service. Valley News Live's Meteorologist Lisa Green explains how the outlook is made.

"They take the current conditions, the snow pack, the amount of water in it, how high the river is right now in various locations, and they put it into a formula. They look at what we already know, what we've already seen happen in the past. So they go back in their records to see you know what the weather was like each spring. And they plug it into that formula with the conditions that we have for each year. This gives us a good idea of given typical weather, what we can expect to see."

But for home owners in the F-M like Julie, they say their worries won't rise until the river does.

"I guess march is always the wild card weather we get a lot of rain or not." Julie says.

And if another 1997 or 2009 repeats, many home owners by the river say they will stick around to fight the flood. The National Weather Service will have another outlook announcement on March 7th.

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