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Published April 16, 2011, 04:23 PM

NWS Says Water Will Be Around A Little Longer

The winter storm that dumped nearly a foot of snowfall is some parts of our area, is creating even more concern for flooded weary communities. So just how is this figuring into the fight.

"The fortunate thing if there is good news in this as snow its going to take a couple of days to melt and a couple more days to get into the river systems," said Greg Gust with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks.

Greg Gust with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks says with Friday's snow fall adding almost an inch of moisture in our water system, it will effect the Cayenne and James Rivers causing more water to be pushed from Devils Lake to Valley City and Jamestown.

"The corps of engineers is hoping to hold back a little more water right now and take some pressure off of Valley City as they try to get their dike lines up to the expected higher flows this week," said Gust.

But the Valley City area is not the only area that is going to see effects of the recent snow fall. Areas like Oslo, Minnesota and the road closures on I-29 are going to remain closed even longer.

"That's going to continue being impacted with this so high water levels should stay there for at least this week or longer," said Gust.

For the Red River between Fargo and Grand Forks, Gust says we won't see rise in the river.

"It slows the recession, it slows the rate of decline, it dosen't show a bump that would show a secondary crest so to speak on the Red," said Gust.

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