Red River in Fargo-Moorhead May Crest at 33.3 Tuesday Night - Valley News Live - KVLY/KXJB - Fargo/Grand Forks

Red River in Fargo-Moorhead May Crest at 33.3 Tuesday Night

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Tuesday Update

The projected crest on the Red River in Fargo has been revised for the third time in three days. Tuesday morning, the Nation Weather Service projected a crest of 34 feet. By Tuesday evening, a new crest forecast came out saying the Red River at Fargo-Moorhead could top out at 33.3 feet.

The crest could happen as early as Tuesday night or Wednesday morning. Estimates just over a week ago had the river rising to a worst case 41-feet. The river should fall to slightly under 30-feet by Sunday.

Monday Update

Like happened in Wahpeton earlier, the projected crest of the Red River in Fargo-Moorhead keeps going down.

Monday morning National Weather Service dropped the flood forecast another foot and half to a new crest of 35.5 feet.

The river topped the 30-foot mark Sunday night, which is 12 feet above the level where the river spills its banks and the point that the NWS considers major flood stage, even though few structures in the city are threatened.

A 35.5-foot flood would be the ninth-highest on record, but would cause little damage after recent efforts to build permanent levees and buy out homes in low-lying areas.

It also means the water is unlikely to test most of the clay levees and sandbag dikes that were built to 40 feet when forecasters predicted a higher crest. 

Meteorologist continue to say say the flood forecast improved because of an ideal melt cycle and a diminishing threat of precipitation.

Fargo battled three straight major floods beginning with a record crest of 40.84 feet in 2009.

A report from the National Weather Service in early April predicted the river had a chance of setting a new record this year.

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