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Published April 24, 2013, 08:46 AM

Fargo-Moorhead river levees might be lowered

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The height of levees in Fargo-Moorhead to protect against expected Red River flooding might change if a National Weather Service crest prediction comes in lower than earlier forecasts.

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The height of levees in Fargo-Moorhead to protect against expected Red River flooding might change if a National Weather Service crest prediction comes in lower than earlier forecasts.

Fargo officials have been planning to build levees to 44 feet to protect to a river level of 41 feet. City Administrator Pat Zavoral says those plans might be changed to 40-foot levees, to protect to a river level of only 38 feet.

City Engineer Mark Bittner says weather service forecasters told city officials late Tuesday that if a gentle snowmelt and below-average precipitation continues, the river crest could be lower than anticipated. An official crest forecast is expected Wednesday.

Zavoral says the city might be looking at fewer sandbags, fewer neighborhoods for distribution, and less use of students to place sandbags.

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