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Spring floods continue to impact Midwest communities

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Fargo volunteers are still filling sandbags to prepare for the possibility of some major spring flooding.

The National Weather Service is predicting a crest between 37 feet and 39 feet in Fargo, leaving volunteers to sandbag around 200 homes. However, Fargo isn't the only community dealing with the rising waters.

"You never know what the river going to do, so you need to prepare for what might happen," Fargo homeowner Betsy Beaton said.

Life along the red river has been challenging for those in towns and cities around it. For the fourth time in five years residents have filled sandbags and braced for flood stage.

It's also along the Illinois River, rain and snow melt has shattered a 70-year record, cresting higher than ever. The rain-soaked Chicago has charted its wettest April on record, the National Weather Service said.

The floods cause plenty of lost possessions and valuables for residents in the area.

Along the Mississippi River, there was flooding in 2011, a historic drought last year, and now, more flooding. The swift current set some 114 barges free from moorings this month. It endangered traffic along the waterway which shuttles more than 100 million tons of goods each year.

The National Weather Service believes the Red River has already crested at lower than expected level about 50 miles south of Fargo. Fargo leaders say their flooding defenses should be finished on Monday.


Fargo residents have dealt with three straight major floods, beginning with a record crest in 2009.

2009: 40.84 feet
2010: 16.49 feet
2011: 15.69 feet

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