Red River Water Levels Expected to Rise

FARGO, N.D., March 20 (UPI) — The National Weather Service says the Red River’s water levels in the area of Fargo, N.D., should rise to 37.5 feet, well above flood stage levels.

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead said the service’s forecast for Sunday would surpass Saturday morning’s Red River measurement of 36.43 feet, which represents the river’s eighth-highest reading in recorded history.

Both Saturday’s measurement and Sunday’s forecasted levels are far above the river’s minor flood stage of 18 feet. The river’s major flood stage in the Fargo area is 30 feet.

The New York Times said Fargo got a slight reprieve from Red River flooding Friday when temperatures in the area dropped. The decrease in temperature limited the melting snow blamed for the river’s rising water levels.

While the river’s water levels are expected to potentially reach 38 feet, at least one Fargo city official appeared confident in the city’s emergency fortifications.

“Things are quiet. Things are looking good,” Fargo’s communications director, Karena Carlson, offered.

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