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Runoff Pushes River Levels Up, More On the Way

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   Rain runoff is rolling through road ditches, drains and streams, making its way to the Red River across the Valley.

  Fargo has received 3.13 inches since last Wednesday when it all started. Grand Forks has received 2.36 inches. And while it’s pushing the Red River up to flood levels in different spots, the Weather Service says it shouldn't’t cause any major problems.

Greg Gust, National Weather Service: “In the case of Fargo, they’re actually going to go higher than they went with the snow melt runoff. That’s going to put a road and a bridge… where they’ll hAlle to block off some areas for transportation. But, it’s not enough to really shutdown much around the area at this point.”

  Last fall, soil conditions in many area fields were  dry. Our rain should put most areas in a good position to start spring planting, when the weather finally warms up   .

Greg Gust: “For most areas there is plenty now to get the initial seeding growing and crop situation underway. What we need now is dry weather.”

 Unfortunately, Gust says more precipitation is on the way. However, he says it shouldn’shouldn'tough to cause any major jumps   in our already rising rivers.

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