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NATIONAL BRIEFING / NORTH DAKOTA

Times Wire Reports

The Red River dropped to a level below most of Fargo’s sandbag levees, taking some pressure off the makeshift flood walls as engineers and National Guard troops watched for signs of leaks during a blinding snowstorm.

The river fell to 37.98 feet, an important threshold because the city’s permanent levee system is built to about 38 feet in most spots, with temporary sandbags piled up to 43 feet.

Still, forecasters believe the river will eventually begin rising again after more snow begins to melt. The storm dumped 10.3 inches of snow on Fargo, with more forecast for today.


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