Spring flood risk rises for Fargo, Red River Valley

  • Article by: Bill McAuliffe , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 21, 2013 - 9:00 PM

Recent snows are storing a lot of water on top of frozen ground, increasing the odds of Red River Valley flooding.

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toomuchgovFeb. 21, 1312:43 PM

Oh, the shock. The Red River may flood? Has this ever happened before??? How is this even news after deacades of nearly annual flooding?

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popsantaFeb. 21, 1312:48 PM

Can't you just reprint the articles from every year for the last 10 years, and save the money writing new ones? Fargo always floods.

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RanickFeb. 21, 1312:50 PM

All the homes in that photo are newer construction. That is just plain stupid.

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FrankLFeb. 21, 13 1:15 PM

In other breaking news, the days will get longer until June 21.

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commonsens4uFeb. 21, 13 1:21 PM

My comment got erased, even though it does not violate the Terms of Use........When will people accept the fact that the annual Red River flooding (yes it happens every year) is man-made, and not a result of weather or climate? This year we are in sever drought conditions and have below average snowfall, yet they are predicting flooding again. Why? Because of farm field draintiling and building right on the river bank. It has nothing to do with weather conditions, as this year proves.

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scratchwedgeFeb. 21, 13 1:58 PM

Ranick - One of the homes does not look new.

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dutchinndFeb. 21, 13 2:14 PM

The caption on the photo is highly misleading: "A Fargo, N.D., subdivision is surrounded by flood waters from the swollen Red River on sunday." Uhhh--that was most likely a Sunday late in March in 2009, not this past week. Also, the NWS/Corps hasn't redefined major flood stage yet--it is still at 30' from the bottom of the river at the Midtown Dam; the vast majority of the City of Fargo is now protected to 42.5'. Thirty feet? Ho hum. 38'? A couple days of levee building & throwing a few bags in a couple of remaining hot spots.

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EWernerFeb. 21, 13 3:51 PM

Higher than normal snow fall? I don't think so not this year.

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ruphinaFeb. 21, 13 3:55 PM

I love the sub-head: "recent snows are storing a lot of water on top of frozen ground". Like the RR Valley has never had frozen ground before. Bill G.

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jphaunFeb. 21, 13 4:01 PM

I'm confused. Are we receiving the right or wrong type of moisture? Are we in drought or are we at flood stage? Doesn't the Red River Valley flood every year. No matter the answer, I'm sure it's due to climate change.

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