Flood Risk Along Red River Very Low: U.S. Forecasters

A flooded I-29 near Fargo, North Dakota is seen in this April 10, 2011 file photo. (DALE BURGOS PHOTO/ SUBMITTED)

Forecasters in the United States are predicting a low flood risk for the Red River basin this spring, which is welcome news to those living in Manitoba.

The U.S. National Weather Service on Thursday released its spring flood outlook, saying little snow and a dry ground has significantly reduced the risk of severe flooding.

Spring run-off will be minimal due to the dry soil along the Red River in North Dakota.

Forecasters are calling for slightly above normal temperatures for April and into May, but temperatures should adjust to a more climatologically normal pattern for the mid-spring season.

Manitoba will release its own spring flood outlook late next week.

— With files from the U.S. NWS

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