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Forecast Shows Red River Peak in F-M Near 38 Feet

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The latest deterministic forecast from the National Weather Service shows the Red River in Fargo-Moorhead hitting 38 feet on Wednesday, May 1. As of now, it looks as if the river could stay steady for a short time, and then begin to fall.

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says there's a good chance the Red River in Fargo will crest a foot under the peak range predicted earlier by the National Weather Service. The latest forecast calls for a range between 38 and 40 feet.

Walaker says the city's discussions with the weather service Friday indicated that "37 ft. is a really good number."  An updated forecast is due out later Friday.

High school students were enlisted Friday to help place about 100,000 sandbags in neighborhoods around the city. However, few structures are threatened at 37 feet, thanks primarily to increased flood protection efforts in recent years.


A new flood outlook for Fargo-Moorhead released just before noon shows the Red River at Fargo-Moorhead leveling off at 38 feet a week from today. The water's going up fast over the next few days, then looks to slow at week's end. 

The Red crossed into official flood territory just after midnight Thursday: Minor flood stage is 18 feet, moderate is 25 and major is 30. The F-M area should hit moderate stage by Sunday, then major the very next day.

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