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Dave Olson, Published June 27 2013

Rising river shuts down streets in Moorhead

MOORHEAD – The rising Red River is shutting down streets in Moorhead.

The Third Street underpass between First Avenue North and Woodlawn Park closed Tuesday.

Woodlawn Park and Gooseberry Park were closed Wednesday when park roads went under water.

City officials said Wednesday they were monitoring the river, and as of late Wednesday, they were holding off closing the First Avenue North railroad underpass.

Closure will depend on National Weather Service updates on how high the river was expected to go.

As of late Wednesday, the Weather Service was forecasting the Red River to crest at about 30 feet sometime today.

The underpass at Brookdale Road and Interstate 94 is closed in Moorhead, but that is because of roadwork, not flooding.

City officials said the Bridge Co., which operates the toll bridge between Fargo and Moorhead, was monitoring the river, and the bridge remained open as of Wednesday afternoon.

Storms Tuesday night dropped 3 to 4 inches of rain on Fargo and Moorhead, causing some roads to be barricaded.

Moorhead police Sgt. Toby Krone said the hardest-hit part of town was Center Avenue between Eighth Street and 21st Street.

Although barricades were put up, some drivers went around them and became stalled, he said, adding that at least three cars had to be towed after running into deep water on 20th Street South.

Early Wednesday, during one of the strong thunderstorms that passed through the area, Moorhead police responded to an alarm at Cash Wise Liquors on Highway 10 on the east edge of town.

They discovered that someone had smashed a window and grabbed alcohol and cigarettes.

A suspect later was located, and a man was arrested. Krone identified the suspect as Michael George Carlson, 21, Moorhead.

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