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Published March 21, 2013, 05:16 PM

National Weather Service issues an early flood warning for the Red River Valley

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The National Weather Service is issuing an early warning to the people of Fargo-Moorhead.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The National Weather Service is issuing an early warning to the people of Fargo-Moorhead.

We could be facing one of the worst floods in our history and we need to prepare.

Flood stage for the Red river in Fargo is 18 feet. The new flood outlook says there's a 50 percent chance the river will top 38 feet. That would surpass the fifth-highest crest of 37.34 feet in 1969.

The area endured three straight major floods starting in 2009, which caused an estimated $100 million in damage.

Greg Gust, National Weather Service: “What happens when you start to get that dramatic warm up and you start to get rain on? Any basin that's getting that heavy rain, if a thunderstorm goes over one part of a basin or another that area is going to go to local flooding pretty quickly and it's going to be pretty dramatic.”

Fargo will build its flood protection to 42.5 feet. In Moorhead, the city expects few concerns up to the 40 foot stage.

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