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This probabilistic forecast is issued by the North Central River Forecast Center.
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Forecasts for the Red River of the North at Fargo are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.
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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 30
Moderate Flood Stage: 25
Flood Stage: 18
Action Stage: 17
Low Stage (in feet): -9999

Historic Crests
(1) 40.84 ft on 03/28/2009
(2) 39.72 ft on 04/18/1997
(3) 39.10 ft on 04/07/1897
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 33.31 ft on 05/01/2013
(2) 17.83 ft on 03/18/2012
(3) 38.81 ft on 04/09/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.00 ft on 09/30/1970
(2) 0.00 ft on 01/01/1932
(3) 0.00 ft on 10/10/1976
(4) 0.00 ft on 10/01/1970
(5) 5.30 ft on 12/02/1910
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45 Fargo...Top of VA Medical Center's flood Wall.
43 Fargo...Top elevation of 4th Street permanent levee.
42 Fargo...2013 Top of emergency CLAY levee.
40.82 **** Record Crest March 28, 2009 (instantaneous measurement) ****
40 Moorhead...Red River is lapping at the base of the Heritage Hjemkomst Interpretive Center.Fargo...2013 Top of emergency SANDBAG levee.
37 Fargo...Convent Bridge at 52nd Avenue South is closed.
36.29 Fargo...Clearance height of 1st Avenue bridge.
36 Fargo...Sandbagging starts if the river is forecast to rise above 38 feet.
35 Moorhead...Actions taken to prevent storm sewers from backing up.
34.4 Fargo...Northern-Pacific...Center Avenue bridge clearance.
33 Fargo..1979 Design top of dike at El Zagel golf course. Moorhead...Start diking to protect the Hjemkomst Center.
32.5 Fargo...Bridge at 1st Avenue and 2nd Street North closed for construction of temporary dike on 2nd Street. 1st Avenue North bridge across Red river closed for construction of temporary dike across 1st Avenue North. Moorhead...1st Avenue North bridge is closed.
31 Moorhead...1st Avenue North underpass is closed.
30 Major Flood Stage. Fargo...Flooding at 2nd and 3rd Avenue North areas. 2nd Street South closed between Main Avenue and 4th Street. Temporary dike constructed on Oak Street dikefrom 87th Av. N to 11th Av. N. Moorhead...Water crosses entrance road to Gooseberry Mounds Park.
28 Fargo...F-M toll bridge over RRN closed (12th Avenue N). Construction begins on the dike to protect sewage treatment plant if forecast is above 34 feet. Moorhead...F-M toll bridge over RRN closed (15th Avenue North).
25 Moderate Flood Stage.Fargo...City Parks and Recreation areas along the river begin to flood.
24 Fargo...2nd Street N closes between 1st and 6th Avenue North for construction of temporary dike that protects City Hall if the river is forecast to rise above 31 feet.
23 Fargo...North Broadway bridge floods.
22 Fargo...North Broadway bridge is closed.
19 Fargo...Low-level dam south of Main Avenue is underwater.
18 Flood Warning Stage...minor. Fargo...Elm St between 14th and 15th Avenue N is closed.
17.7 Fargo...Sanitary Sewers affected.Pump station at Island Park is started.
17 Forecast Service Stage. Fargo...Water rises to the edge of the bike path at El Zagel bowl along Elm StreetNorth between 14th and 15th Avenues.Bankfull Stage.

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