The Red River of the North measured 16 feet deep at Fargo-Moorhead Monday. Forecasters expect that will double by next Monday, as the flood of 2013 reaches the area.
On Tuesday police cars will escort convoys of trucks as they deliver sandbags to Fargo neighborhoods. More than 1 million bags will be delivered, with construction of dikes to begin later in the week.
More April-like temperatures will arrive by the weekend, when highs will be in the 60s. As Forum News Service reports, the rapid snow melt will add to the flooding.
The Red River Valley got a break from flooding last year, but this is the fourth spring out of five that the region will see near-record floods. 2009 currently holds the high water mark at 40.8 feet. Last week the National Weather Service put the chances of surpassing the record this year at 40 percent.
Compared to Fargo, there's less preparation required in Moorhead. MPR reports that since '09 Moorhead has removed 200 homes from the flood plain and built an earthen levee that reduces the need for sandbags.