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Published April 01, 2011, 12:40 AM

Expected Storm Forces Fargo Sandbag Distribution Delay

With the National Weather Service predicting below average temperatures and above average precipitation over the next few weeks, most of the people in Fargo-Moorhead are waiting to sandbag.

With the National Weather Service predicting below average temperatures and above average precipitation over the next few weeks, most of the people in Fargo-Moorhead are waiting to sandbag.

Mayor Dennis Walaker told reporters Thursday that he think the Red at Fargo will crest at 40.5 feet.

Walaker says that number doesn't scare him, but he is getting frustrated with waiting.

Fargo-Moorhead city officials decided to wait to deploy sandbags because of the cool weather.

"I feel more comfortable with the watch and wait because I feel as a city, we've done everything we can," Moorhead mayor Mark Voxland said.

The next few weeks, the National Weather Service says the valley will continue to have below average temperatures and above average precipitation, with a significant amount of snow possible this weekend.

"The whole thing you have to understand is very simple: significant precipitation, all bets are off," Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said.

The uncertainty is why Walaker is upping his crest prediction to 40.5 feet. In 2009, the record level in Fargo was set at 40.8 feet.

"Do I have any problems sleeping? Well, for the last two or three nights now I'll wake up and you start thinking about things, that's when it usually starts, you start losing your sleep," Walaker said.

Sandbag deployment has been delayed until Tuesday, but Walaker says it could be pushed back again.

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