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Red River Getting Closer to Crest

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The Red River at Fargo is expected to crest sometime tomorrow morning at around 35.5 feet, a crest that most recently was lowered from 37 feet.

Currently the Red River has struggled to get past 33 feet today, but even though it may not be a record breaking flood, it's still a flood.

Some rural and low areas are still seeing flooded out roads and bridges, which has the Cass County Sheriff's office reminding people that "waters are still dangerous and people should stay off levees and don't take any unnecessary risks."

When the Red River Crests it will break one record though, one set back on April 19, 1979 for the latest crest date. North Dakota State Climatologist, Dr. Adnan Akyuz says the main reason for such a late crest and our flooding, is because of our late season snowfall leaving a strong snow pack.

"The past couple blizzards brought nine inches of snow with extremely wet conditions that let us into this situation."

Akyuz adds that crest numbers have continued to drop because we had an ideal snow melt and such a dry fall. Allowing the now thawed ground to take in all that needed moisture as opposed to running into the streams and rivers.

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