Flood Risk Minor to Moderate in Upper North Dakota

Flood Watch 2013

The top of a stop sign is barely visible on a street in Fargo, North Dakota on Friday, April 8, 2011. (WPGCAMERAMAN / CHRISD.CA)
The top of a stop sign is barely visible on a street in Fargo, North Dakota on Friday, April 8, 2011. (WPGCAMERAMAN / CHRISD.CA FILE)

Officials south of the border released their spring flood outlook on Thursday, which will help shape what forecasters in Manitoba use to determine any flood risk this year.

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks says minor to moderate flooding is expected along the Red River from Halstad, Minnesota into Grand Forks, and the Red Lake River from Crookston into East Grand Forks.

The mainstem Red from Oslo, north into Pembina, has a higher snowpack and is indicating a risk of minor to moderate flooding.

The risk of moderate to major flooding exists in the far southern Red River basin, from Fargo-Moorhead down to the southern headwaters areas.

The next flood updates from the U.S. will come down March 7 and 21. Manitoba flood forecasters will release their first spring flood outlook on February 27.

On Wednesday, provincial crews began breaking up ice on the Red River north of Selkirk to prevent potential ice jams.

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