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Published March 01, 2012, 10:50 PM

Latest snow increases chance of spring flooding

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The potential for moderate flooding in the Red River Valley and the Devils Lake Basin is going up. Just a few weeks ago there was just a one to six percent chance. Now that number is up significantly.

The potential for moderate flooding in the Red River Valley and the Devils Lake Basin is going up. Just a few weeks ago there was just a one to six percent chance. Now that number is up significantly.

The amount of snow fall we received over the last few days has bumped us up to a nearly 50% chance or greater of moderate flooding along the red river. This percentage puts us at, at least 7 feet above flood stage in Fargo. The flood risk was just at 6% a few weeks ago.

Although the chance has risen quite a bit, the National Weather Service says not to worry. This type of flooding would potentially only shut down a few roads, bike paths, and at least one bridge. They also say no public or private structures would be threatened, but spring rain could change that.

Mike Luke – National Weather Service: “We are not out of the clear as far as flooding because we can get those rain amounts, those rains on top of the snow, but again that's on the lower probability side.”

Luke says they will continue to monitor the weather into spring and will update all percentages as needed. The risk of minor flooding has increased across the entire Red River Basin.

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