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U.S. weather service continues to downgrade flood threat in Fargo

For the third time in as many days, U.S. flood forecasters have downgraded the threat posed by the Red River in Fargo.

The U.S. National Weather Service expects the Red River to crest at 34 feet on Wednesday, a level that would represent the 12th-highest flood in Fargo’s recorded history.

Fargo, N.D. Mayor Dennis Walaker looks at flooding from the Moorhead, Minn., side of the Red River on Tuesday. The river is expected to crest Wednesday at about 18 feet above flood stage.

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Fargo, N.D. Mayor Dennis Walaker looks at flooding from the Moorhead, Minn., side of the Red River on Tuesday. The river is expected to crest Wednesday at about 18 feet above flood stage.

Earlier in April, Fargo was preparing to fight a flood as high as 42 feet, which would have been a record crest.

The improving flood scenario for the Red River in the United States is the result of several weeks of favourable weather.

It does not directly translate into an improved scenario for the Red River in Manitoba, as Fargo is located upstream of tributaries such as the Pembina, Roseau, Rat, Morris and Assiniboine rivers, some of which are still rising.

The Red in Winnipeg rose to 17 feet James as of 7 a.m. Tuesday but is expected to level off due to the operation of the Red River Floodway. The current level is unavailable due to missing data on the City of Winnipeg’s flood website.

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