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Forum staff reports , Published April 30 2014

Flood crest forecast drops one foot in Fargo-Moorhead

FARGO – The forecast for a moderate flood on the Red River here was knocked down a foot on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service predicts the river – which is flooding due to recent rain running off frozen ground – will hit 28 feet on Friday afternoon, a foot lower than the prediction issued Tuesday.

The Red River in Fargo-Moorhead was just over 24 feet on Wednesday afternoon, up about two feet from Tuesday. (See hydrograph here.)

If the forecast holds true, it should only cause minor issues in Fargo-Moorhead.

Some city parks and recreation 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 for Fargo-Moorhead is 30 feet, and more noticeable impacts start at that level and above. For instance, Fargo city officials will build a temporary earthen dike on Second Street downtown when forecasts call for a peak of 30 feet.