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There is virtually no scenario that creates a no-flooding situation,” said Greg Gust, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Grand Forks.
The National Weather Service said Thursday morning that the Red River in Fargo has a 50 percent chance of topping 38.1 feet when it floods this spring and a 10 percent chance of exceeding 40.9 feet, which would top the record-setting crest of 40.84 feet in 2009
the National Weather Service told flood-weary residents in the Fargo area Thursday to prepare for one of the Red River's five largest crests this spring, an outlook that prompted city and county officials to plead for permanent flood protection.
The flood threat comes as Congress is to consider whether to help fund a nearly $2 billion diversion channel around the Fargo-Moorhead area, a project that has come up against roadblocks.
At a news conference Thursday morning, city officials said they hope to have 1.25 million bags stocked away by the time the snow melts in order to build the city’s flood protection to 42.5 feet, which would provide defenses for a record 41-foot flood with 1.5 feet of freeboard.
Mahoney expects it will take 10 days to make 500,000 new bags,
Last week, the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee passed the 2013 Water Resources Development Act, which includes federal authorization for the proposed $1.8 billion flood channel around the FM metro, Hoeven said in a flood informational meeting at City Hall here
“Will this be the big one? Quite possibly,” Greg Gust, a weather-service meteorologist, said of the Fargo area. “We encourage people to prepare for a flood of record.”