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Outlook not good: Severe flooding expected in Fargo, Moorhead

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A new flood outlook released Thursday indicates spring flooding in the Fargo-Moorhead area could go down in the record books.

The Associated Press reports residents along the Red River should prepare for one of the top five floods in their history.

The National Weather Service predicts severe flooding and a 50 percent chance the river will top 39 feet. The fifth-highest crest was reported 1969 at 37.34 feet.

There is also a 5 percent chance of the river rising to 41.3 feet in Fargo, the Fargo Forum says.

Sandbagging begins at 37 feet. Fargo city officials said Wednesday night they will announce plans today to build an additional 500,000 sandbags to add to its existing supply of 750,000 sandbags left over from the 2011 flood.

Recent flood protection improvements should keep the city of Fargo from being majorly impacted.

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