Red River Valley flood fight shifts north of Fargo

April 11, 2011

Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. –  The Red River Valley flood fight shifted Sunday from the cities of Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., to rural areas north of the north-flowing river, which crested Saturday night in Fargo at its fourth highest level in recorded history.

Fargo officials said the metropolitan area appears to be in good shape, but urged residents not to travel outside the city. About 60 miles of roads were closed in Cass County, where Fargo is located, and another 10 miles of roads were washed over, officials said. Water was flowing over all four lanes of Interstate 29 north of Fargo on roads that were recently raised.

Some tributaries of the Red River were at record levels.

“In the southern part of the valley, it’s quiet,” Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker said Sunday. “In the northern part of the valley, especially in Cass County, they’re having extreme problems.”

About 425 National Guard members were on duty in Cass County and were ready to help with evacuations if needed, North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple said Sunday. He said there haven’t been “many very serious situations,” but officials were monitoring the rise of overland flooding.

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