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Forum staff reports, Published April 29 2014

Flood forecast for Fargo inches up to 29 feet

FARGO – The forecast of a moderate flood on the Red River here this weekend has inched up a bit.

In a forecast issued at 10:15 a.m. Tuesday, the National Weather Service said the moderate flood on the Red is now expected to hit 29 feet on Friday night.

That’s a half-foot higher and a few hours earlier than the most recent previous forecast.

See the current Red River hydrograph here.

Brought on by persistent rain over the last several days, the moderate flood is expected to cause only minor issues in Fargo-Moorhead.

The low-lying portion of Elm Street between 14th and 15th avenues north has already been closed due to flooding, and the Broadway bridge in north Fargo closes at 22 feet.

As of 9:15 a.m. Tuesday, the river had reached 21.21 feet, according to the NWS.

Some city parks areas along the river begin to flood at about 25 feet. The toll bridge on the north side closes at 28 feet.

Major flood stage is 30 feet, and more noticeable impacts start at that level and above. For instance, Fargo city officials built a temporary dike on Second Street in downtown last summer when a flood from a summer downpour called for a peak of 30 feet.