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Published April 15, 2013, 10:17 AM

How will latest snowfall effect potential flooding?

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - The wet snow had power companies worried about outages, and it has residents in the Red River Valley concerned about flooding. This definitely doesn't help, but there are some other factors that could work in our favor and lessen the impact.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo-Moorhead (WDAY TV) - The wet snow had power companies worried about outages, and it has residents in the Red River Valley concerned about flooding. This definitely doesn't help, but there are some other factors that could work in our favor and lessen the impact.

When it's flood season in Fargo, anything that falls from the sky is concerning. For Mayor Dennis Walaker, this snow is another variable thrown into the flood fighting plan.

Dennis Walaker – Fargo Mayor: "This continuing snow, and snow of this significance, sure is a certain amount disconcerting to all of us."

It is difficult to say exactly what it will mean. First of all, it depends how much snow falls and the water content.

John Wheeler – STORMTracker Meteorologist: "We really have to wait until it stops snowing so we really know how much water is in the snow before that can really be assessed."

The high end of forecasts said ten inches could fall on the area. The more snow falls, the more worrisome it could be. Even if ten inches of this snow does come down, its impact depends on how fast it melts. So, it could work in our favor that the forecast is nothing but cold.

John Wheeler: "It keeps the rivers rising slow, which helps us out. But it also increases the possibility that we'll get additional rain or snow which could conceivably make it worse."

With all of the uncertainty surrounding the flood, Mayor Walaker is confident about one thing:

Dennis Walaker: "We will set a record on the latest crest in the history of the City of Fargo."

The previous record was April 19th, and it is unlikely the crest will come this week.

The really heavy snow fell west of the Red River Basin in the part of North Dakota that's not concerned with flooding.

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