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Late Flood Could Spell Trouble for Far Northern Valley

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  As our cold weather continues to delay the melt and likely spring flooding, it could also start creating some major problems for agriculture in the far northern valley.

 There are few signs of the snow pack melting yet, along the Canadian border at Pembina. It will likely still be quite awhile before the high water arrives.

  Mike Lukes of the National Weather Service says, as a rule of thumb you can usually expect the Red to crest here at Pembina, two weeks after it crests in Fargo.

  That could put the crest… well into May.

The City of Pembina is protected by a system of flood walls and levees.

Gary Helland, Pembina Fire Dept.: "Sounds like we're going to be O.K.. But, I don't think they've really come out with the dinal decision on what's going on up here. But, I know we'll be ready to fight it if we have to."

  The main problem could cover farm fields to the east, between Pembina and Neche.

  Thousands of acres of farmland could still be under water in May.

Blake Younggren, Hefty Seeds: "Oh, yeah. It's certainly going to be a challenging spring."

  Younggren says the problem is that after around May 15, it's becoming almost too late in the season to plant corn and expect a decent crop.

Blake Younggren: "I think with the flood crest they're talking, there's certainly… probably going to be some acres that don't get seeded."

  Younggren says if corn producers do get shut out, they could still have an opportunity to plant crops like soy beans. However, it could all add up to a very dicey spring for farmers in this area. And the Red River isn't the only problem around Pembina. A much heavier than normal Canadian snowpack will make its way down through that area via the Pembina River as it enters the Red River, near the City of Pembina.

 

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