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Published August 03, 2011, 07:05 PM

Walaker warns against overreaction to NWS prediction

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Comments from the National Weather Service have some Fargo homeowners and Mayor Walaker stepping back----and warning the city to "not over-react" to the information.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Comments from the National Weather Service have some Fargo homeowners and Mayor Walaker stepping back----and warning the city to "not over-react" to the information.

This is touchy stuff. No two ways about. On the one hand, experts with the National Weather Service laying out some potentially concerning scenarios. Complete with “What ifs?” On the other hand, a calm mayor who is preaching a "wait and see" attitude despite admitting this is summer is unusual and not friendly to our ongoing flood fight.

Daniel Holm – Lives on Red River: “It has never been completely within its banks all summer and that has never happened.”

Daniel Holm has lived on the Red, battled it and won for a half century. In the last few months, he has watched more than a half dozen neighbors leave, their homes removed. But here it is...August, and Daniel is hearing the National Weather Service already has concerns about the Spring of 2012.

Holm: “No use to be alarmed, it doesn't do any good, just be aware the situation exists and we need to be prepared for it.”

Despite the grim prediction from the National Weather Service, they are quick to point out a series of what ifs. Precip next winter, the rate of melt in the spring and the weather service says the current wet cycle we are in now is one of five indicators used to predict a flood potential.

Mark Ewens – National Weather Service: “Precip across the basin is ahead of the 2008 summer we are wetter than the period of record.”

Dennis Walaker – Fargo Mayor: “I don't want to say sensational; we do not want to create a panic mode.”

No surprise, Mayor Denny Walaker remains stoic about something so far off. While he concedes this wet summer doesn't help our attempt to dry out, the mayor is not prepared to react at a time of unknowns.

Walaker: “Just information, that is all it is, just information and I don't want to hit the panic button until it is time.”

One concern the weather service has, the threat of La Niña this fall and the possibility of unwanted precip. It is just another variable in what some are calling: a time to plan.

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