Red River In Fargo Still Very Dangerous

Conditions on the Red River at Fargo and Moorhead remain dangerous. The river is currently above record levels, and at this time the level is expected to remain basically steady over the next few days, with minor fluctuations. Reports indicate that there is still significant overland flooding south of Fargo, and this water is expected to continue flowing into the Red River between Hickson and Fargo. While many river gage readings south of Fargo show a slow drop, public and Law Enforcement Officials report local rises due to ice jams south of the Fargo area.

Cold temperatures have temporarily slowed overland runoff south of Fargo, resulting in a lower than expected peak flow. Although river levels have stabilized many factors remain present that could potentially cause additional rises of one half to one foot at Fargo. It is not unusual for stages to fluctuate in large floods of this magnitude. The risk of additional flooding in the area will remain very high for the next few days.

In addition, a potent storm system will affect the region early next week. This will produce significant snows over the southern Red River Valley, which will affect future river behavior. Strong easterly winds are forecast with this storms passage, which may create significant wave action on the Red River.

Residents of the Red River Valley, especially in the Fargo/Moorhead area need to pay close attention to local Emergency Management and Law Enforcement Officials, and heed their advice. Your NOAA's National Weather Service strongly recommends that any and all evacuation orders be heeded as soon as possible.

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