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Only 39.5 feet April 7, 2011

Posted by mareserinitatis in Fargo.
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The news, before we had some rainshowers this morning, was that the Red may only hit 39.5 feet when it crests.

Only.

This could be the third highest crest in over a century, and we’re all relieved that it’s not going to be first…even though, in reality, they’re saying it could be up to 41 feet, which would put it in first place.

I was driving around yesterday, and the river is flooded pretty badly.  I saw someone’s chicken coop mostly underwater, and there are a lot of houses that look like they’re in danger.  At that point, it was at 32 feet, so it still has about 7 feet to go.  Now it’s up to 35 feet, 12 hours later.

In the meantime, someone took a video of the Oak Grove campus today.  Oak Grove suffered damage in ’97 and added a permanent diking system around the school.  A couple years ago, during the record flood, there was a problem and the diking system failed.  Let’s hope it holds out this year.  The video was taken was the water was still four feet below the crest:

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