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Forum News Service, Published April 20 2013

Corps to raise Grafton levee to record height

GRAND FORKS – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will start building a clay levee in Grafton next week, possibly to 18 feet – higher than it’s believed to ever have been before.

The city faces more than a 25 percent chance of the Park River surpassing a record crest of 16.52 feet, a mark established in 1950.

The National Weather Service this week said there’s a 50-50 chance of the Park River exceeding 15.9 feet, and a 25 percent chance of passing 16.9 feet.