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Forum staff reports, Published May 01 2014

Predicted Red River flood peak in F-M drops another foot

FARGO – The predicted peak of a moderate flood on the Red River here keeps dropping.

The National Weather Service predicted Thursday that the river – which is flooding due to recent rain running off frozen ground – would crest at around 27 feet on Friday night.

That prediction is down a foot from the forecast issued Wednesday and is 2 feet lower than a prediction issued Tuesday.

At noon Thursday, the Red River at Fargo-Moorhead was about 25.6 feet.

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.

There are more noticeable impacts when Fargo-Moorhead hits major flood stage at 30 feet.