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Published April 24, 2013, 04:00 PM

Fargo flood outlook improves after new forecast from National Weather Service

Sandbag Central is officially closed after an improving flood forecast from the National Weather Service today.

Sandbag Central is officially closed after an improving flood forecast from the National Weather Service today. The service is now forecasting a crest of the Red River in Fargo-Moorhead to be somewhere between 38 and 40 feet, down a couple of feet from earlier projections.

The revised numbers are being caused by an ideal melt cycle and expectations for below normal precipitation. The weather service will continue to update the forecast as they get new information every day. The lower numbers mean Fargo's need for Sandbags goes from 1.8 million to about 400,000. It would still be the fourth major flood in five years for Fargo-Moorhead.

As river levels creep highe, public health officials are reminding people to do everything they can to prevent contact with flood water. They say garbage, animal feces and fertilizer chemicals are just some of the things that run off into the river.

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