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Northern Valley Flood Tour

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  The warm weather we've all been waiting for has finally arrived. It's kicked the spring runoff into high gear, and it's causing a few flooding problems in the Valley.

  Ten mileS west of Grafton, ice jams on the Park River were causing water to backup a bit. A couple of farmsteads here had to do some ditching and dike building to keep their yards dry.

  However, Emergency Manager, Brent Nelson says there just doesn't appear to be enough water on area fields to cause any big problems as the Park River makes its way through Grafton.

Brent Nelson, Walsh County Emergency Manager: "Unless we get some heavy rain or unexpected flows coming… things look fairly decent."

  And while flooded roads like this one are few and far between this Spring, you'll still need to pay attention, especially if you're driving country roads. You can quickly find yourself in trouble."

Brent Nelson: "Yeah, always this time of year. River are high. You need to pay attention when you're driving around. Roads can go under quickly."

  In Grand Forks, the Red River has started to rise. But so far, it's expected to crest a good 20 feet below the existing dike system.

   Flood experts say the biggest problems could happen in specific areas, from isolated thunderstorms.

Greg Gust, National Weather Service: "So, there could be an area… your backyard, your field that gets that quarter to half an inch of rain… again, that volume of water isn't going to cause many problems."

  The Weather Service has also been checking on ice jams and possible flooding along the Red Lake River. Here in Crookston its forecast to crest at 16-feet this weekend, which is also well below Crookston's existing dike system of 31-feet.

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