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Published April 09, 2013, 03:15 PM

Moisture monitoring: Nervous North Dakota residents eye melt

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — There's good and bad news for people in the Red River Valley who are monitoring moisture for a possible spring flood.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — There's good and bad news for people in the Red River Valley who are monitoring moisture for a possible spring flood.

The cycle of gradual melting came to an end Tuesday when temperatures failed to reach the freezing mark. However, the stubborn cold air over North Dakota pushed a heavy spring storm to the south, where a foot of snow was expected in some areas.

Fargo is bracing for its fourth major flood in five years. Volunteers are working to fill a million sandbags.

Flood expert Paul Todhunter, a University of North Dakota geography professor, says it's difficult to predict snowmelt floods because there are so many factors involved and the area is in the midst of a wet cycle. He says it's "not a good environment for nervous people."

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