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Red River to top flood stage in Fargo, NWS says

As the result of recent heavy rains, the Red River in Fargo is expected to crest above 18.8 sometime Tuesday, June 19. It's expected to cause minor flooding on Elm Street similar to what is pictured here in this Forum file photo from April 19, 2018.

FARGO – Heavy rains over the last few days means the Red River in Fargo is expected to crest above flood stage at 18.8 feet sometime Tuesday evening, June 19, a National Weather Service meteorologist said.

The Red topped 17 feet early Monday afternoon, June 18, meteorologist Brittany Peterson said, and a flood warning was issued. The Red had been at 15 feet late last week.

At 17 feet, water rises to the edge of the bike path at the El Zagal Golf Course “bowl” along Elm Street North between 14th and 15th Avenues, according to North Dakota State University.

The official flood stage is 18 feet as measured east of the Fargo water treatment plant at 13th Avenue South and Fourth Street. That means minor flooding at the Moorhead Golf Course, and Elm Street will be closed at the “bowl.”

At 19 feet, the low-level dam south of Main Avenue is covered by water.

The Red River at Wahpeton crested at 7.87 feet after a nearly 2-foot rise over the weekend, Peterson said. As of Monday afternoon, it was at 7.7 feet and falling slowly.

The Wild Rice River near Abercrombie went from under a foot deep to a crest of 5.87 feet Sunday night, June 17, Peterson said. It is now falling.

Parts of western Minnesota got 6 to 7 inches of rain Saturday, June 16, Peterson said. Rainfall in the Park Rapids and Perham corridor was also heavy.

Friday through Sunday, Fargo-Moorhead picked up 1.1 inches of rain, Peterson said.

The next chance of thunderstorms for Fargo-Moorhead appears to be this weekend.

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