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Published January 24, 2014, 10:20 AM

National Weather Service: Risk for substantial spring flooding appears low

Grand Forks, ND - The National Weather Service says that, for right now, the risk of substantial spring flooding appears to be low in the Red River and Devils Lake basin.

By: Archie Ingersoll, Forum News Service, INFORUM, Forum News Service

Grand Forks, ND - The National Weather Service says that, for right now, the risk of substantial spring flooding appears to be low in the Red River and Devils Lake basin.

“BUT … there’s a lot of winter yet to unfold!” the weather service said in a statement Friday, adding that an early thaw is unlikely.

Forecasters predict that there’s a moderate potential for a flood for most of the Red River and a minor to moderate potential for flooding of its tributaries.

Also, the water level at Devils Lake is expected to rise roughly 1 to 1½ feet.

The weather service gave three main reasons for their forecast:

• Soils and streams are a bit “wet” in the far southern basin. Otherwise, they are near normal.

• The water content of the region’s snow is generally running somewhat low.

• The rest of the winter is likely to be close to colder than normal.

The weather service’s next spring flood outlooks will be issued Feb. 20 and March 6.

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