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Red crests below record levels in Fargo

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The Red River appears to have crested in Fargo at a level well within the capabilities of the North Dakota city's flood defences.

The Red River crested earlier this morning at 32.27 feet at Fargo, according to the U.S. National Weather Service. As of 9:15 a.m., the Red River stood at 32.23 feet.

The U.S. weather office projects the Red will remain near that level for several hours and then begin to recede more rapidly tonight or Thursday morning.

This level is almost 10 feet below the record crest predicted several weeks ago, before favourable weather and soil conditions reduced the flood threat.

The Red is expected to crest at Emerson on May 6 or 7 and then in Winnipeg before Victoria Day.

The Red River in Winnipeg has risen to 18.8 feet at the James Avenue monitoring station. That's half a foot below the crest of the 1979 flood and 5.7 feet below the peak of the "flood of the century" in 1997.

bartley.kives@freepress.mb.ca

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Updated on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 10:17 AM CDT: updates with latest river levels

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