Red River crest prediction in Fargo drops again

Woodlawn Park
Elias Aipperspach sits on the banks of the swollen Red River in Moorhead's Woodlawn Park on Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
MPR Photo/Nathaniel Minor

The predicted flood crest for the Red River of the North has gone south once again.

The National Weather Service on Tuesday lowered the expected peak of the river to 34 feet, down from the 35.5-foot estimate that came out Monday and the 37-foot projection that was issued on Sunday.

The weather service says the water should stop rising sometime Wednesday morning. It will be the latest crest in Fargo and Moorhead, Minn.

Workers spent the last week building miles of clay levees and placing more than 100,000 sandbags in Fargo after receiving warnings from forecasters about a possible record flood. Cost so far is about $2 million.

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says he wishes the city could have saved that money, but officials had to follow weather service guidelines.

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