NWS: ‘Significant Flood’ Expected This Spring

March 23, 2013

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks says the area is expected to be in for a “significant flood” this spring.

Greg Gust tells The Forum that flooding this year could match levels seen in 2010 and 2011. He says it shouldn’t be as bad as in 2009.

In 2010, the Red River crested at 36.99 feet. In 2011, it hit 38.75 feet, the fourth highest on record. The 2009 flood crested at 40.84 feet.

Gust says slow melting and record to near record cold temperatures are increasing the likelihood of a major flood.

An official updated flood forecast will be released Thursday.

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