GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) – Forecasters say there is an increased risk for moderate to major flooding in the northern Red River Valley of northeastern North Dakota.
Those areas have the wettest soils and highest snow pack conditions according to a spring flood outlook released yesterday by the National Weather Service.
The forecast says the Park River at Grafton could see flows near or above previous record flooding. The Pembina River at Neche also could see flows near or just below the high levels of 2013.
The threat of significant snow melt flooding remains high for the Devils Lake Basin where near record runoff is projected.
The Sheyenne River near Valley City is expected to receive minor to moderate flooding. According to the National Weather Service, the Sheyenne River in Valley City is forecast to reach 15 to 16 feet this spring. In 2009 the Sheyenne River hit a record level of 20.69 in Valley City.
But the weather service says thawing conditions from now through next week should lower the flood risk in the southern end of the Red River Basin.
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