Red River rolling and rising, Fargo braces for flooding

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Towns along the North Dakota/Minnesota border are seeing the Red River crest at flood height, in some cases rising to major levels, and the National Weather Service updated a fresh flood warning Saturday evening.

WDAY-TV in Fargo has reported that the river crested in Wahpeton, North Dakota, and that means the flooding is "just couple days away from its peak" in Fargo. The river right now in Fargo is at about 27 feet and is expected to hit 38 feet on Wednesday, the station reports.

Friday night the river hit 14.39 ft. in Wahpeton, according to WDAY, just south of Fargo. Major flood stage for the town is 14 feet; the river is projected to be dipping back down to moderate flood levels.

The NWS seven-day forecast for the area calls for showers Sunday afternoon, and possible thunderstorms Monday night for the area.

Even with no rain, there are worries that flooding could reach record levels, according to Accuweather. But even then, there would still be moderate to major flooding in unprotected areas.

WDAY reports that President Obama approved an Emergency declaration for flooding throughout North Dakota.

Minnesota Public Radio reports that the Army Corps of Engineers spent Saturday building levees in Fargo, and that the river is already over its banks there. Still, MPR says, it's not entirely certain that records will be set.

"The main uncertainty in the forecast has to deal with just how much of the water from the snow melt is infiltrating into the soil," Jeff Makowski, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks tells the station, "versus how much is running off directly into the river."

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