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Associated Press, Published March 22 2013

Hoeven says sequester won't affect flood control

BISMARCK — North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven says the Army Corps of Engineers assured him that mandatory budget cuts will not affect flood protection efforts in the state.

The senator met Thursday in Washington with Maj. Gen. John Peabody, a division commander with the corps.

Hoeven says Peabody told him that the sequester won't be an issue and the corps will not risk life, health or safety issues.

The National Weather Service on Thursday gave a 50 percent chance that the Red River in Fargo will reach 38 feet, which is 20 feet above flood stage.

Officials in Cass County, where Fargo is located, have called an emergency meeting Friday to discuss flood preparations.

Officials in Minot are monitoring releases from Lake Darling Dam on the Souris River upstream from the city.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.