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Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 03/27/2009

Fargo: Scrambling, Sandbagging as Waters Rise

By Jason Samenow

* D.C. Area Forecast: Weekend Rain | UnitedCast *

The Red River, which runs through Fargo, North Dakota, has already crested above its previous 112-year record level and may still rise another foot or two. From the Grand Forks National Weather Service office yesterday (hat tip, USA Today Weather Guys):

AS THE RIVER EXCEEDS THE PREVIOUS RECORD LEVEL...THE RELATIVE UNCERTAINTY IN FORECAST MODELS HAS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY. RECORD FLOWS UPSTREAM OF FARGO HAVE PRODUCED UNPRECEDENTED CONDITIONS ON THE RED RIVER. GIVEN THESE FACTORS...THE RIVER IS EXPECTED TO BEHAVE IN WAYS NEVER PREVIOUSLY OBSERVED. THE CREST FORECAST AT FARGO IS NOW EXPECTED TO BE BETWEEN 41 AND 42 FEET BY SATURDAY...BUT COULD POTENTIALLY BE AS HIGH AS 43 FEET...AND CONTINUE FOR 3 TO 7 DAYS.

Evacuations have been ordered, and the town is 'sandbagging like crazy.'

By Jason Samenow  | March 27, 2009; 10:58 AM ET
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Comments

When I was young and growing up in Wisconsin, we never heard much about floods on the Red River of the North.

This seems to be the second such huge event within the past ten or fifteen years.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 27, 2009 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Well, extensive precipitation, combined with increased flood plain development, and manmade restrictions, will most certainly always equal a waiting disaster.

Posted by: TheAnalyst | March 28, 2009 3:14 AM | Report abuse

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