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Published April 12, 2011, 02:48 PM

Crest Predictions Amended for Valley City, Lisbon

The National Weather Service has amended its crest prediction for the Sheyenne River at Valley City.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service has amended its crest prediction for the Sheyenne River at Valley City.

The agency had expected the river to crest Tuesday night at 18.5 feet. Meteorologist Greg Gust says the river is now expected to crest Friday morning at 20.5 feet. A record crest of 20.6 feet was set in 2009.

Valley City officials say the town is protected to 22.5 feet with sandbags and earthen dikes.

Gust says additional runoff into the Upper Sheyenne River and releases from the Baldhill Dam upstream from Valley City changed the crest forecast.

The crest forecast also has changed for Lisbon, which is south of Valley City. The river is expected to crest early next week at 20.9 feet. Earlier predictions pegged the crest at 18.5 feet.

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