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Weather Service Drops Fargo Crest Prediction Again



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The major Red River flood of 2013 is fizzling out.

 

The National Weather Service on Monday lowered the expected crest forecast in Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., to 35.5 feet on Wednesday morning, down from the 37-foot prediction that was issued Sunday.

 

Workers have spent the last week building clay levees and sandbag dikes to protect Fargo to 40 feet after an earlier weather service prediction that included the possibility of a rapid snowmelt and steady precipitation.

 

Instead, forecasters say the conditions were ideal for a gradual melt cycle.

 

The river topped the 30-foot mark Sunday night, which is considered major flood stage. A 35.5-foot flood would be the ninth-highest on record, but would cause little damage after recent efforts to build permanent levees and buy out homes in low-lying areas.

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