Flood Fight 2020

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National Weather Service - Red River Flood Update as of Thursday April 2nd 

Key Message: 

  • Temperatures dropping below freezing behind the cold front.
  • Rain and snow from the Thu-Fri storm will lead to secondary crests in the south and increased/extended crests in the north.
  • Cooler temperatures late this week should slow the overall melt of remaining and/or new snowpack.

Potential Impacts:
• Regarding additional precipitation from latest event:
       • While southern basin rivers have crested or are close to seeing crests from snowmelt, additional precipitation late this week may cause re-
rises or delayed recessions.

       • Should affect flood crest height and timing for points north of Fargo.

• Central/northern Red River crests are expected from next week into late April.
• Rising waters could make some roads and bridges impassable. Remember
turn around, don’t drown!

River Basins Potentially Impacted as of Thurs 4/2:

Red River Mainstem: Moderate to major flooding is forecast or occurring
along the Red River north of Wahpeton. Fargo will initially crest in moderate
flood stage with a later crest near major flood stage possible next week, due
to storm event. North of Fargo, rivers continue to rise and could have
extended periods encompassing multiple days at high crest levels.

ND Tributaries: minor to major flooding expected at the Wild Rice, Maple,
Goose, Pembina, and Sheyenne Rivers over the next week. Major flooding
expected at Abercrombie and West Fargo with moderate flooding forecast at
Enderlin, Kindred, Hillsboro, Neche, Harwood, and Mapleton, pending
additional precipitation.

MN Tributaries: Moderate flooding expected along the Buffalo, Wild Rice, Red
Lake, Two Rivers, and Sandhill Rivers, with minor flooding forecast for other
rivers this week pending additional precipitation.

Road Closures:

Due to rising flood waters, the Red River Bridge at Fargo’s 12th Avenue North and Moorhead’s 15th Avenue North will close at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 30 to remove railings and lighting prior to anticipated flooding.

The structure will remain closed until the floodwaters recede below the bridge. Residents are asked to respect the barricades, as the bridge is not safe for pedestrians once the rails have been removed.


The North Broadway Red River Bridge will be closing due to rising floodwaters beginning on Friday, March 27 at 12 noon. 

The detour route will utilize the County Road 20 Bridge. The North Broadway Red River Bridge will remain closed until the floodwaters recede below the bridge.


Find a complete list of road closures online at www.FargoStreets.com


Flood Resources:

NWS Probabilistic Flood Outlook Summary - pick which river you want % chance of reaching or exceeding flood stage levels. 

NWS North Central River Forecast Center  - river observations 

National Weather Service Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service

NWS Current Flood Outlooks

Flag Articles/Interviews on Flooding for 2020


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