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Published March 01, 2012, 07:21 PM

Red River Valley Flood Threat Slightly Up

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Snowfall last month and the threat of spring rain has led the National Weather Service to slightly increase the flood threat in the Red River Valley.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Snowfall last month and the threat of spring rain has led the National Weather Service to slightly increase the flood threat in the Red River Valley.

The latest outlook, issued Thursday, predicts minor to moderate flooding.

In Grand Forks, the Red River is currently at about 16 feet. That's 12 feet below flood level.

But there is a 90 percent chance that water levels will exceed 30 feet this spring, causing at least minor flooding.

The weather service says we can expect above average temperatures as the month progresses, with more precipitation than normal.

But the flooding will be less than previous years with the risk only slightly above historical normals, so it shouldn't cause too much concern.

"For most of the cities and flood protected areas, that's not really a problem because they are set to handle minor to moderate flooding," National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Lukes said.

If the forecast for a warmer and wetter March holds true, it should promote an early spring runoff season, with widespread thaw conditions beginning late this month.

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