UPDATED: Red River level continues to fluctuate as forecasted crest nears in Fargo-Moorhead
By Forum staff reports
UPDATED 7:43 a.m., Sunday
FARGO - Slight fluctuations in the Red River's level at Fargo-Moorhead are being recorded this morning as hourly gauge readings show slight variances.
The latest reading of 36.97 feet was recorded at 7:15 this morning.
An hour earlier, the gauge recorded a reading of 36.98 feet recorded at 6:15 this morning.
Other readings this morning were:
- 36.96 at 5:15 a.m.
- 36.97 at 4:15 a.m.
- 36.95 at 3:15 a.m.
- 36.93 at 2:15 a.m.
Forecasters predicted the Red River would reach 37.02 feet sometime this morning.
Other river data from the latest gauge reading showed:
- The water temperature is just above freezing at 32.72 degrees.
- The river is flowing at 22,800 cubic-feet-per second through Fargo.
Both of those statistics have remained consistent throughout the early morning hours.
"The crest wave of the Red River is very near," the National Weather Service reports. "The river will continue a very slow rise ... with a crest on Sunday."
The weather service shows the river dropping in Fargo to near 30 feet - major flood stage for the city - in about a week.
In addition, forecasters said the "highest stage indicated may not reflect the crest for this flood event."
The weather outlook calls for a high temp today of 48, followed by 50 on Monday. The seven-day forecast shows the possibility of rain or snow Tuesday, with accumulations of less than a tenth of an inch, and no precipitation the remainder of the work week.
In stark contrast to the 2009 spring flood fight, which went into overdrive exactly a year ago with epic crest predictions as the Red rose to a historic 40.84-foot crest, there have been few reported flood fight emergencies.
Staff handling calls for Fargo, Moorhead and Clay County said they'd received no flood-related calls overnight.
In rural Cass County, members of a tactical operations team plugged a breach of a manmade levee at a home near Harwood. At least a half dozen more roads also were closed or reported to have water overtop due to overland flooding by the Sheyenne River.