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Odds Of Major Red River Flooding In Fargo Increase

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) – The National Weather Service has bumped up the odds for major flooding along the Red River in eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.

The flood outlook released Thursday by the agency shows a 70 percent chance the river in the Fargo area will beat last year’s crest of about 37 feet, which was the sixth-highest on record. The previous outlook placed the odds at about 50 percent.

The weather service says there’s a one-in-four chance that the river will surpass the record crest of 40.84 feet in 2009.

The agency says warm weather has decreased the depth of the snowpack in many areas, but the water content remains high.

The outlook calls for above-normal precipitation in March, April and May.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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