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Published March 22, 2013, 03:19 PM

Cass County issues emergency declaration for flooding

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Commissioners in North Dakota's largest county have approved an emergency declaration to prepare for flooding along the Red River.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Commissioners in North Dakota's largest county have approved an emergency declaration to prepare for flooding along the Red River.

Cass County officials plan to begin sandbag making operations next week to help protect residents outside of Fargo's city limits. The county wants to have 500,000 sandbags available.

The National Weather Service says there's a 50 percent chance that the river will reach 38 feet in the Fargo area, which would be 20 feet above flood stage.

County officials say it's more difficult to predict what's going to happen along the Red River tributaries.

Area residents had last year off after battling three straight years of major floods, beginning in 2009 with a record crest of nearly 41 feet.

The county plans to open its emergency operations center on April 3.

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