Risk of severe flooding in Fargo-Moorhead jumps from 7 to 79% - KMSP-TV

Risk of severe flooding in Fargo-Moorhead jumps from 7 to 79 percent

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. (KMSP) -

Recent snowfalls have increased the risk of severe spring flooding in the Fargo-Moorhead area from about 7 percent in January to 79 percent currently.

Despite the increased risk, Minnesota Homeland Security and Emergency Management director Kris Eide said mitigation efforts in Fargo, N.D. may lessen the impact of potential major flooding.

Greg Gust with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks, N.D. said topsoil across the state is wet and frozen, increasing the flood risk throughout the Red River Valley and Devils Lake basin compared to last year.

The risk level for major flooding in Roseau, Minn. this spring is near historical, Gust said. High snow water content in the southern Red River Basin increases the flooding potential, and current content levels are similar to 2009 and 1997.

Minor to moderate flooding is forecast for Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

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