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Published April 16, 2012, 10:18 PM

One Year Later: A Red River Valley Air Tour

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - One year ago tonight we brought you dramatic video shot high above the red river valley. We were in the midst of our third flood fight in as many years, and we could see all that water inundating farm land for miles.

One year ago tonight we brought you dramatic video shot high above the red river valley. We were in the midst of our third flood fight in as many years, and we could see all that water inundating farm land for miles.

We wanted to give you a bird's eye view of the Red River valley this year compared to last, and we can with a little help from helicopter pilot Steve Nelson and his wife Vera.

First, a quick comparison: the video on the left side of your screen was shot last year just south of Moorhead. On the right is the same general area showing nothing but dry fields for the most part.

Next is a look at the Red River from Dike east looking north and east heading toward Moorhead. The water is low along the red, at 15 feet, three feet below flood stage and over 20 feet lower than this time last year.

A quick fly by the Bluestem center for the arts and Trollwood, south of Moorhead. All is high and dry this spring. You can see the red snaking thru the center of your screen.

Heading north to farm land that has been underwater the past few springs. Now dry. This is west of Harwood. You won't find any rescue airboats this spring.

Finally a quick look at the West Fargo diversion. You can barely spot the water in the channel, surrounded by farm fields that look ready for spring planting.

Just to put it into perspective, it was April 9th 2011 when we hit our fourth highest crest of all time on the Red at Fargo Moorhead at 38.75 feet. One year later, we're at 15 feet with no fear of major flooding and no sore backs from sandbagging.

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