Red River Expected to Crest Sunday

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Forecasters now say that the Red River will
crest in Fargo, N.D. on Sunday.

The National Weather Service says the crest will be near 42
feet, but that 43 feet is still a possibility. The latest reading
puts the river at 40.8 feet, more than 22 feet above flood stage
and beyond the previous high-water mark of 40.1 feet in 1897.

Thousands of volunteers have sandbagged levees they hope will
hold back the river in Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, MN.

Even after the floodwaters crest, the water may not begin
receding before Wednesday, creating a lingering risk of a
catastrophic failure in levees put together mostly by volunteers.
National Guard troops are inspecting floodwalls for leaks and weak
spots.

Volunteers piled sandbags on top of 12 miles of snow-covered
dikes. The freezing weather froze the bags solid, turning them into
what townspeople hope will be a watertight barrier.

On the Net:
Red River at Fargo water levels: http://sn.im/enwgc


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