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Published October 04, 2011, 07:15 PM

Red River in Fargo hits lowest mark in two years

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Red River in Fargo is down to it lowest level in two years. It's not just or dry weather that has led to the drop.

The Red River in Fargo is down to it lowest level in two years. It's not just or dry weather that has led to the drop.

I’m standing here on some rocks on the Red River that likely have not seen the light of day since before the spring flood. The river level now at 15.15 feet. Over the last 6 days the river has dropped a foot, that after a month of sitting between 16 and 17 feet. The Reason? Up stream from Fargo the water coming out of the White Rock Dam has been cut, something that typically happens earlier than this.

Tom Mattis – Army Corps of Engineers: “Usually the gates are closed by the end of June, early July on Whit Rock Dam, but his year we went through early September.”

While the River is down, the amount of water moving through the channel is still high. It actually more than twice the average flow for this time of year, and like Fargo the upstream flows remained high into the fall.

Tom Mattis: “Channel capacity is 1,100 CFS, and we were at that most of the summer and right now we have about 150 going out.”

While this may seem like a large reduction typically there is no water flowing out of the white rock dam this time of year. So a continuation of our dry weather would still be helpful to bring flows down. Flows coming out the dams along the Otter Tail have also been reduced and this too is adding to the drop in Fargo.

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