MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The risk of significant flooding in the Red River Valley is down from recent years and even lower than last month's forecast due to the lack of snow, forecasters said Thursday — bolstering hopes the region may be spared a fourth consecutive battle this spring.
Any thoughts of optimism for the Red River Valley were quickly dashed Thursday when a new forecast showed that the risk of major flooding for the southern valley of North Dakota and Minnesota is increasing, despite relatively dry weather throughout most of the region in the last month.
The National Weather Service on Thursday slightly increased its estimated odds for major flooding along the Red River in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota, despite a period of little precipitation in the area.
Minnesota state leaders are taking flood forecasts from the National Weather Service, and using them to help cities like Crookston. Franken and new Gov. Mark Dayton are hitting the road and holding open meetings about flood preparation.
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