River is dropping in Fargo

March 31, 2009 12:57:59 PM PDT
The Red River is down to about 38 feet, which is more than 2 feet below its peak, in Fargo, N.D. And forecasters expect it to drop to 36 feet by Thursday morning. That's the level at which city officials have said the immediate flood fears would ease.

But forecasters also say the river could have a second dangerous crest in mid-April. Fargo's mayor says that's what the city is most worried about.

Strong winds have been blowing wet and heavy snow around the city today. There were fears that the wind and snow would test the sandbag levees protecting residents from the river. But there are no reports of leaks so far. And the waves are said to be just an inch or two high.

As much as 7 to 14 inches of new snow is possible before the storm moves out.

With the water level dropping, officials across the river in Moorhead, Minn. have lifted evacuations in two neighborhoods. But a voluntary evacuation remains in effect for another part of the community.

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