Monday, March 23, 2009

Flood Threat Rises Along Red River

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Officials here and in Minnesota pleaded for volunteers to help with sandbagging after a storm on Sunday increased the threat of flooding in an area already expected to be swamped by a record river crest.

The National Weather Service said the Red River, which is on the border between North Dakota and Minnesota, was about 3 feet above its flood stage of 18 feet in Fargo on Sunday. The river was expected to crest between 39 feet and 41 feet in the Fargo-Moorhead area by Friday, a day earlier and a foot higher than projected.

City officials originally planned to fill more than 1 million sandbags, but now they believe they need nearly 1.9 million bags.

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