FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service says the Red River appears to have crested in Fargo — and below flood stage.

Weather service meteorologist Jeff Makowski says the river was measured at 17.1 feet Monday morning and “looks to be on its way down.” Flood stage is 18 feet.

Residents of Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., are coming off three straight years of major spring flooding. That included a record crest of nearly 41 feet in 2009.

Earlier weather service forecasts had called for a crest this year of 19 feet.

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  1. TruthTeller says:

    Ok – in a year where we have had basically a drought since summer, no significant snowfall in the winter, and no significant rains in the spring the river was projected to crest at 19 feet. It was actually two feet below the prediction, and only one foot below “flood stage”. My question is why are people still living in houses in the river flooding area? Obviously even with the best case scenario that area is just barely avoiding a yearly flood. How many times does the “100 year flood” need to happen in a 20 year period to convince people to relocate to higher ground?

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