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Published February 21, 2013, 05:25 PM

Flood forecast making big changes after snowfall

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Heavy snow that piled up from storm after storm means big changes to the flood forecast for the Red River.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Heavy snow that piled up from storm after storm means big changes to the flood forecast for the Red River.

The F-M area now has a 79% risk of major spring flooding.

Just last month, the risk was only 6%. Major flood stage in Fargo is 30 feet, one that's been surpassed numerous times before.

There's a 50% chance the river will reach 33.2 feet. That's the level at which Fargo has to build a temporary dike on 2nd street, and Moorhead begins diking to protect the Hjemkomst Center.

Recent storms added significant snowpack across the area, especially the southern Red River Basin.

Dave Rogness, Cass County Emergency Manager: "It went from nothing's going to happen and we can sleep at night, to now we need to pay attention. It causes us to enter a significant monitoring phase, where we watch very closely what happens."

For perspective, the Red hit a record crest of 40.84 feet in 2009.

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