Its been a day of mixed emotions for the people living along the Red River. The river supposedly crested in Fargo/Moorhead Saturday, but today the river began to rise again... beating the 20th century record set Saturday... and challenging the all time flood level set in 1897. The good news....
Floodwaters are SLOWLY receeding, but state officials heading up emergency responses say as CLEAN up begins in some areas...the worst is sometimes being uncovered. Officials of various state and federal agencies met with reporters to give their LATEST reports.
The people of Fargo Moorhead thought the Red River had crested over the weekend.... but This morning (Thursday) the River began rising again. The level hit 37-point-71 feet... a new record for this century... but still below the all-time record of 39-feet-point-one set in 1897.
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Over the last two weeks we have been hearing from the Reverend Craig Hanson through his flood diary. Today Minnesota Public Radio's Dan Gunderson visited the Hanson home on the banks of the Red River in Fargo. The dike behind the house has begun to leak....
(for ATC) Sgt Dave Bulik (boo-LIK) State Patrol Flooding continues to effect large areas of rural Northwestern Minnesota. State Patrol Sergeant Dave Bulik has been driving the roads between Detroit Lakes and Fargo today.
We're reporting that at midday, the Red River at Fargo was just under 39-point-four feet -- 22 feet over flood stage. And for the last few weeks, we've been talking about crests, flood stages, and other flooding terms ... but what exactly does it mean?
There is a total ban on water use in Moorhead from I-94 to 32nd Avenue South and from 8th Street to the river. Also, residents of the Horn Park and Woodlawn Park neighborhoods are to be on standby for possible evacuation.