Red River Rising Faster Than Expected in N.D.

Officials say it

Red River

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - Officials say it's like last year all over again for North Dakota and Minnesota residents along the rising Red River.

People who fought off record flooding a year ago in a frantic one-week sandbagging effort face the prospect of a repeat performance.

The latest flood forecast from the National Weather Service shows the river rising to 38 feet in Fargo, N.D., by week's end. That would be 20 feet above flood stage and about 3 feet below last year's record.

The crest had been expected later this month or early April but Moorhead, Minn., City Manager Michael Redlinger says "it's go time now."

Moorhead and neighboring Fargo have been filling sandbags for
the last two weeks.

Cass County Sheriff Paul Laney says one difference this year is
that it's not a mad scramble to get organized. That part is already

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