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Weather service lowers Fargo flood forecast

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The threat of a record crest in the Red River has been reduced by the latest U.S. National Weather Service projection.

The Red is now expected to crest below 39 feet, two feet below the record of 40.82 feet set in 2009, the Fargo Forum has reported.

As a result, flood preparations in Fargo may be scaled back, the newspaper said.

Flood fighters in Fargo had been planning to build temporary dikes up to protect against a 43-foot crest.

They are holding off for now, the Forum reported.

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