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March 27, 2009

One foot too far for Fargo?

Filed under: Preparedness and Response,State and Local HLS — by Philip J. Palin on March 27, 2009

Late yesterday the National Weather Service predicted the Red River will crest on Saturday at between 41 and 42 feet. But the NWS added a possibility that the crest could reach 43 feet.  “Record flows upstream of Fargo have produced unprecedented conditions” on the river, which “is expected to behave in ways never previously observed,” the weather service said.  City and state emergency officials have been constructing dikes to top-off at 43 feet.  It will be tough to meet the higher threshold in the time remaining.  More this morning from the Associated Press.

Sometime before 2:30 am (central) there was a breach in the dike at Linden Avenue in Fargo.

 Acting FEMA Administrator, Nancy Ward, will be in North Dakota today.

UPDATE: The Red River at Fargo rose to 40.2 feet early today, breaking a 112-year-old record.  More from CNN.

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Comment by William R. Cumming

March 27, 2009 @ 10:00 am

The NWS gives predictions not guarantees. Politicians and responders in North Dakota should know the difference.

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