FARGO, N.D. (AP) —  The major Red River flood of 2013 is fizzling out.

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The National Weather Service on Monday lowered the expected crest forecast in Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., to 35.5 feet on Wednesday morning, down from the 37-foot prediction that was issued Sunday.

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Workers have spent the last week building clay levees and sandbag dikes to protect Fargo to 40 feet after an earlier weather service prediction that included the possibility of a rapid snowmelt and steady precipitation.

Instead, forecasters say the conditions were ideal for a gradual melt cycle.

The river topped the 30-foot mark Sunday night, which is considered major flood stage. A 35.5-foot flood would be the ninth-highest on record, but would cause little damage after recent efforts to build permanent levees and buy out homes in low-lying areas.

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