LATEST: Red River Crest at Wahpeton "Not in the Top Ten"
FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Just two weeks ago people along the Red River in North Dakota and Minnesota were warned to prepare for what was expected to be one of the worst flooding seasons on record. But it appears those dire predictions missed the mark.
The National Weather Service says the Red River appears to have crested about 50 miles upstream of Fargo, and it isn't a top 10 flood.
The Weather Service says the river at Wahpeton likely reached its peak at lower than 14.5 feet. Initial predictions placed the crest at about 17 feet, but that changed because of a gentle snowmelt and little precipitation.
Forecasters have said the Red River in Fargo should crest in the 37- to 39-foot range, which has led volunteers to sandbag about 200 homes.
Fargo residents battled three straight major floods beginning with a record crest of 40.84 feet in 2009. The river in Wahpeton peaked that year at 17.50 feet. That was followed by crests of 16.49 feet in 2010 and 15.69 in 2011.