Odds of spring flooding remain low in eastern North Dakota

February 15, 2018

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service says the threat of spring flooding along the Red River in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota remains “quite low.”

An updated flood outlook released Thursday estimates about a 5 percent chance the Red River will go over 30 feet in Fargo, which is 12 feet above flood stage. Although that figure is considered major flood stage, the city has built up its defenses in recent years to handle that level without needing to place sandbags.

The last significant flood fight for the Fargo and Moorhead, Minnesota area was in 2013.

The outlook says there’s a 5 percent chance that Devils Lake in northeastern North Dakota will reach an elevation of 1,451.3 feet. The record crest was set in June 2011 at 1,454.3 feet.

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