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Published November 04, 2009, 08:56 AM

Experts See No End to Valley Wet Cycle

Climate experts organized by the Army Corps of Engineers see no end to a wet cycle in the Red River Valley.

Climate experts organized by the Army Corps of Engineers see no end to a wet cycle in the Red River Valley.

A report released by the group this week says the conditions show a need for flood protection.

The panel includes climate researchers from the corps, the National Weather Service and the U.S. Geological Survey.

Pat Foley heads the hydraulics section for the corps' St. Paul, Minnesota office. He says the findings will help the corps set a new level for a 100-year flood. It refers to a 1 percent chance the river will reach that level or exceed it in any given year.

The current number for the 100-year flood in Fargo-Moorhead is 39.5 feet, or to 31,000 cubic feet of water per second.

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