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Red River Update

Via the CBC Red River may have peaked in North Dakota.

The current feeling is that because of the cold weather the rise may have stop at 12.44 meters [40.81 feet], rather than the 43 feet that had been predicted at Fargo. This is good news as Fargo had sandbagged for 43 feet and doesn’t need to be concerned about overflow, but the high levels will be maintained for at least a week, and the levees have to be watched for possible failures.

The other problem is ice dams forming along the river which can raise the level as they restrict the flow. While Winnipeg has good flood defenses, an ice dam at the wrong location can prevent them from being effective.