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Forecasting floods: There are no guarantees

Published 03/20/2010, Associated Press

Donald Schwert, a geology professor and flood expert at North Dakota State University in Fargo, pointed out that the Red River Valley is unlike most others – it’s not even much of a valley – so traditional forecasting methods don’t work very well on it. But the 1997 Flood brought many changes and advances, and the record high water of 2009 helped forecasters by giving them new data on how the river behaves at those levels, said Greg Gust, warning coordination meteorologist at the weather service in Grand Forks.

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