Following the torrents of rain received over the past several days has arrived the inevitable rising of our rivers. The Crow River is among the first to get a flood warning tag from the National Weather Service, and in excess of 15 feet, it is set to crest sometime Thursday.
The Red River appears to have crested in Fargo and neighboring Moorhead, Minn. National Weather Service meteorologist Greg Gust says it appears a preliminary crest of 33.27 feet was reached early Wednesday.
A Red River flood that a week ago was predicted to challenge the record is now unlikely to reach the 100,000-plus sandbags and the miles of clay levees built for defense, Fargo officials said Monday.
While we enjoyed a warm, dry day the fight against rising waters is on.
A city used to winning flood fights appeared to have another one in hand Saturday as the Red River leveled off short of earlier predictions that might have tested defenses.
Many Minnesotans may not like the cold temperatures and the snow we just got, but those who are dealing with flooding love it.
The National Weather Service has been scaling back its projected crest for the Mississippi River in downtown St. Paul.
Any thoughts of optimism for the Red River Valley were quickly dashed Thursday when a new forecast showed that the risk of major flooding for the southern valley of North Dakota and Minnesota is increasing, despite relatively dry weather throughout most of the region in the last month.