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Red River close to cresting in Fargo-Moorhead area

Fargo N.D. Mayor Dennis Walaker looks flooding from Moorhead Minn. side Red River Tuesday April 30 2013. The river is

Fargo, N.D. Mayor Dennis Walaker looks at flooding from the Moorhead, Minn., side of the Red River on Tuesday, April 30, 2013. The river is expected to crest Wednesday at about 18 feet above flood stage. (AP Photo/Dave Kolpack)

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The Red River appeared close to reaching its peak in Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., after the National Weather Service dropped its crest forecast for the third straight day.

The weather service on Tuesday afternoon adjusted the anticipated peak of the river to 33.3 feet, down from the 35.5-foot estimate that came out Monday and the 37-foot projection that was issued on Sunday.

The river begins flooding at 18 feet but few structures are affected until 38 feet.

The river was measured at 32.16 feet at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Richard Thomas says people in his neighborhood south of Fargo are relieved that the river is about to crest. He says it could have been much worse with a faster warm-up and spring storms.



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