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Major flood risk along Manitoba-North Dakota border

Staff writers
March 10, 2013 — It's been a winter full of snow for people in North Dakota and a recent storm could have a major impact on water levels of the state's rivers.

A winter storm passed through the state Monday and it dumped up to 40 centimetres of snow on some areas. 

The snow packed a lot of water and has elevated the risk of flooding. 

According to the U.S. National Weather Services' bi-weekly flood report for the Red River Valley, there is a 50% chance the Red River will reach 10.3 metres in Fargo and a 5 % chance it will make 11.64 metres.

That's a major increase over last month's predictions. 

Flood levels are considered anything over nine metres. 

Just south of the Manitoba-United States border in Pembina, the concern is just as high.  

25 centimetres of snow fell in the region and that has the Pembina River elevated, with a flood level risk beginning early April. 

Flood forecasts for Manitoba will be released next month.

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