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High risk of major flooding in Fargo, moderate for Grand Forks

The U.S. Coast Guard transport six people and two dogs to a platform after the Red River flooded the Fargo area in 2009.

LT. BRENDAN EVANS, U.S. COAST GUARD / ASSOCIATED PRESS ARCHIVES Enlarge Image

The U.S. Coast Guard transport six people and two dogs to a platform after the Red River flooded the Fargo area in 2009.

There is a high risk of major flooding near Fargo this spring, but less so at Grand Forks and Pembina at the Canadian border, according to a forecast released today by the U.S. National Weather Service.

The weather service rates the risk of major flooding at Fargo at 60 per cent or greater. There is the same likelihood that there will be moderate flooding at such North Dakota towns as Pembina, Drayton and Oslo.

Grand Forks is grouped in with several towns in which minor flooding is most likely along the Red River this spring.

The U.S. forecast covers 90 days between Feb. 25 and May 26.

Manitoba will issue its first seasonal flood forecast on Wednesday, incorporating the U.S. data in its calculations. So far, provincial officials have been more concerned about potential flooding along the Assiniboine River in western Manitoba this spring than on a possible Red River flood.

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