'Significant flood' expected in Red River Valley

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Ahead of the flood forecast due out Thursday, the National Weather Service says the Red River Valley is in for a "significant flood" this spring, reaching the potential of floods in 2010 and 2011.

The Fargo Forum reports the Red River crested at nearly 37 feet in 2010 and 38.75 feet in 2011.

However, NWS meteorologist Greg Gust tells the newspaper that he doesn't expect water to reach the height it did in 2009, where the river crested at 40.84 feet.

The melting will really start to pickup with warmer temperatures in the first week of April.

The March 7 flood outlook indicated there was an 88 percent chance the Red River would top major flood stage of 30 feet.

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