President Obama’s weekly radio and Internet comments focus on the flooding in North Dakota and Minnesota.
The National Weather Service office in Grand Forks is now warning:
“RIVER LEVELS ARE STILL EXPECTED TO CREST BETWEEN 41 AND 42 FEET SUNDAY AFTERNOON…AND HOLD NEAR THAT LEVEL FOR 3 TO 7 DAYS. WITH THE RIVER EXCEEDING THE PREVIOUS RECORD LEVEL…THE RELATIVE UNCERTAINTY IN FORECAST MODELS HAS INCREASED SIGNIFICANTLY AND THE RIVER WILL BEHAVE IN WAYS NEVER BEFORE SEEN. THUS…THERE IS STILL A POSSIBILITY THAT THE RIVER COULD RISE TO AS HIGH AS 43 FEET.”
SUNDAY UPDATE: Freezing temperatures have slowed the river’s rise. River levels are – at least temporarily – receding from a record-setting crest of 40.82 feet on Saturday about midmight. But the flooded Red River remains dangerously high and a blizzard is expected to hit upstream beginning tonight.