FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service says the chances of flooding have increased in the Red River Valley.

The latest projections released Friday show that the river has a 50 percent chance of reaching 40.5 feet in Fargo. That’s close to the record crest of 2009.

The previous outlook called for a one-in-three chance of the river reaching 41 feet. The weather service says a storm earlier this week has impacted the central and southern portions of the Red River Valley.

Flood stage for the river is 18 feet in Fargo. The city plans to deliver about 1.7 million sandbags to neighborhoods.

The weather service has scheduled a news conference Friday morning to discuss details of the report.

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