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By Ryan Bakken, Published March 25 2009

FLOOD UPDATE: Red River crest range rises to 50-53 feet in Grand Forks

GRAND FORKS, N.D. - National Weather Service today predicted the crest range for the Red River would be between 50 to 53 feet here. Two days ago, the range was 48.5 to 52.5 feet. The prediction has risen steadily recently because of rapid melt and more moisture.

The latest increase was due to the precipitation of the last two days. The combination of rain and snow resulted in widespread precipitation of one-half to 1 inch in the region.

“The path of the storm was right through the heart of the valley,” said Dan Riddle, a NWS senior meteorologist.

The crest at Grand Forks, which has dike protection to a crest of 60 feet, could come as early as Monday. When the crest does arrive, it will stick around.

“Grand Forks will be staying at major flood stage for at least a week,” said Mark Frazier of the NWS.

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