Moisture monitoring: Nervous North Dakota residents eye meltFARGO, 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."