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Unexpected dip in river raises hope in Fargo

FARGO, ND (AP) -- An unexpected dip in the Red River miles upstream on Tuesday cheered sandbaggers struggling to raise this city's protective dikes high enough to withstand possible record flooding

The National Weather Service lowered its crest forecast for Wahpeton and its cross-river neighbor, Breckenridge, Minn, downward to 18 feet by Wednesday morning, well below the tops of their dikes

Meteorologist Jim Kaiser called it "definitely good news" but said it's too early to say whether the Red's projected crest in Fargo, 30 miles to the north, would also be lowered

Meanwhile, authorities in the small northern Minnesota town of Crookston called for the voluntary evacuation of about 200 people in low-lying areas after an ice jam led to a sudden rise on the Red Lake River The river was near the top of city dikes and rising, though the ice jam had broken and officials hoped to see the river begin falling

Crookston is about 50 miles northeast of Fargo

The weather service revised its Wahpeton prediction because it got new data from river gauges to replace a computer-modeled prediction, Kaiser said

The Red was expected to crest at Fargo between 39 and 41 feet by Saturday morning, though an updated forecast was due from the weather service later Tuesday By nearly midday Tuesday, the river was at about 305 feet, up about 5 feet since Monday morning

An emergency dike to protect downtown Fargo was being raised to 42 feet, but the expected crest would still threaten several neighborhoods and hundreds of homes in lower areas The Red's record high at Fargo is 396 feet, set during devastating 1997 flooding

Across the river from Fargo, Moorhead Mayor Mark Voxland told WCCO-AM that the crest arrival had been moved up to Thursday afternoon, but meteorologist Bill Barrett said he was unaware of Voxland's statement

The forecast for Fargo called for a 50 percent chance of rain Tuesday, then possible snow Tuesday night and Wednesday

Hundreds of volunteers were at work on another day of placing sandbags, with a goal of filling nearly 2 million

"We don't see any fear," Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said "We just see people working very hard"

North Dakota had mobilized 660 National Guard members and expected to have 800 working by day's end Minnesota sent more than 300

"It's nice to have them deal with our sand, not the Iraq sand," said Rep Earl Pomeroy, D-ND

Along with sandbags, Fargo was deploying a portable wall system that shielded troops in Iraq and Afghanistan from bullets The system is made up of 3- and 4-foot-high interlocking containers that are filled with sand It took workers just half an hour Monday to set up about 1,000 feet of the containers

The system was designed for erosion control, but quickly became popular with the military, said Stephanie Victory, a spokeswoman for manufacturer Hesco Bastion Its first meaningful test for flood protection was last summer in Iowa, she said

The city of Fargo was operating three large machines capable of producing 15,000 sandbags an hour Sand was also being piled on the floor of the Fargodome for people to shovel into bags the old-fashioned way

While eastern North Dakota residents battled the Red River, residents of ranching and farming country to the west fought the sudden rise of other streams swollen by melting snow and rain

Because of the flooding on the Red River and elsewhere in North Dakota, Amtrak said Tuesday it is detouring its Empire Builder around three communities for at least a week Spokesman Marc Magliari said Devils Lake, Grand Forks and Rugby will not have Amtrak service until further notice

Magliari says it likely will be several weeks before the tracks will be in shape to resume service to the three communities

It took a National Guard helicopter to rescue Bernie and Jenny Martin when a creek around their farm near Carson rose faster than expected "We were on an island We were totally surrounded by water," Bernie Martin said by phone from a friend's home Guard members used the helicopter because they were worried a boat would hit floating ice chunks or strong current

At Linton, south of Bismarck, a rising creek forced the evacuation of about 75 homes, and about 10 people were rescued by boat

Article source: www.Kare11.com



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Posted: 2018-08-27  12:34 PM
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