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Water receding in Fargo, but rural areas still threatened

by Dan Gunderson, Minnesota Public Radio
April 10, 2011

Fargo, ND — The Red River continues to fall in Fargo-Moorhead, but overland flooding is surrounding hundreds of rural homes and farms

The high water in the Red River is forcing some tributaries to back up in rural areas

Get the latest flood news on our flood blog

Clay County Sheriff Bill Bergquist said the county has not had to evacuate any residents, but travel is very difficult

"We have probably 60 roads that have been washed out or have water on it," Bergquist said "Things are getting a little better, I guess The river is dropping a little bit, but the overland is still causing some problems"

North Dakota National Guard troops rescued an 87-year-old man north of Fargo Saturday after the sandbag dike around his home failed

Highway 75 is closed in Minnesota near Georgetown and Halstad In North Dakota, Interstate 29 is flooded for several miles north of Fargo

High water will plague rural areas of the Red River Valley for several weeks as the river crest slowly rolls north to Canada

The National Weather Service said high winds this afternoon could raise one to two foot waves in flooded rural areas The wave action could erode roads and levees

"So anybody with both clay and sandbag levees, temporary type structures, it's a tenuous time frame with rain occurring and wind occurring," said NWS meteorologist Greg Gust

NATIONAL GUARD ON PATROL
In Fargo and Moorhead, National Guard troops are still monitoring levees holding back the river

Lt Col Mark Wiens says 218 Minnesota Guard members are deployed in Clay County They are patrolling levees and staffing teams to respond to any leaks

Wiens said with rain falling and the river still high, levee patrols are critical

"Within Moorhead over the last 24 hours we've had two such incidents where our patrols were able to identify what were small leaks that city engineers were able to come and make a determination and make immediate corrections," Wiens said

Wiens said the Guard expects to stay in Moorhead until late this week

The National Guard will also send troops to Oslo on Monday as floodwaters rise and cut off access to the community north of Grand Forks

The NWS said Sunday that the river reached a preliminary crest of 3875 feet at 6:15 Saturday evening in Fargo-Moorhead The river stage was 3856 feet Sunday morning

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)

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