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Published April 28, 2013, 06:40 PM

The Red River crest prediction in Fargo drops again

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Red River crest at Fargo-Moorhead has been dropped again, this time by a foot.

By: Becky Parker, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) -- The Red River crest at Fargo-Moorhead has been dropped again, this time by a foot.

The National Weather service says we've had ideal conditions for melting allowing the soil to absorb a lot more water.

The National Weather Service has lowered its prediction by almost an entire foot, now saying the Red River will crest at 37 feet on Wednesday.

That's after a prediction of 37.9 feet released Friday.

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says things are looking good on the ground throughout the area.

Walaker: "It's great to see as you drive around the countryside, the water is all in the rivers."

But the Red has risen quickly, ten feet in the past three days. Throughout the weekend, a steady stream of onlookers gathered on the Main Avenue bridge to see the water's progress.

Shea Syverson/Fargo Resident: "Just yesterday, I drove by and you could still see the sidewalk. Today, it's covered up. People are curious, they want to see what's it's going to bring."

Checking out the river's height has become almost an annual ritual. But zero flooding in 2012 and an ever-decreasing outlook this year adds more fuel for diversion opponents.

Walaker: "I think, having four floods of this significance in five years, you can't argue against a diversion knowing that and it shouldn't hurt our chances."

If the river crests at 37 feet, that is still the seventh highest in recorded history.

Mayor Walaker says he wouldn't be surprised if the NWS drops the prediction again this week.

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