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Forum staff reports, Published March 19 2012

Red River at Fargo crests at 17.8 feet Sunday

FARGO – The Red River crested at Fargo at 17.8 feet on Sunday, marking the first time since 1992 that the spring crest was below the minor flood stage of 18 feet, according to the National Weather Service.

Barring any significant rainfall in the coming days, the river should continue to fall, said Pete Rogers, meteorologist at the weather service office in Grand Forks.

Monday’s forecast called for a 70 percent chance of rain showers, mainly after 4 p.m., but only one-tenth to one-quarter of an inch was expected, and that amount shouldn’t have a significant impact on river levels, Rogers said.

The river hit 17.8 feet twice on Sunday, at 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. It had dropped by more than a foot, to 16.62 feet, by 9:15 p.m. Monday.