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Published February 21, 2013, 05:48 PM

Flood Outlook Released

The National Weather Service has dramatically bumped up the chances of major flooding on the Red River. The best chance for major flooding is in the southern end of the valley.

The National Weather Service has dramatically bumped up the chances of major flooding on the Red River. The best chance for major flooding is in the southern end of the valley.

Meteorologist Greg Gust from the National Weather service says the risk of moderate to major flooding is on the rise because of the recent increase in snowfall. Gust says low river and stream levels along with low soil moisture should help alleviate flooding, but when the ground is frozen with the current snowpack there will still be a lot of runoff into the river. In Fargo there is nearly an 80 percent chance for major flooding. Grand Forks is at just six percent, but there are still some unknowns like the spring thaw cycle and spring rainfall. Gust says the current weather models are predicting a cooler and wetter spring.

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