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Southern Red River Valley braces for flood crest soon

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Southern Red River Valley braces for flood crest soon
Willmar Minnesota 2208 Trott Ave. SW / P.O. Box 839 56201

WAHPETON, N.D. - Richland and Wilkin counties began scrambling Sunday to try to keep up with a new flood crest of 17½ to 19½ feet as the Red River here reached major flood stage by surpassing 14¼ feet.

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The National Weather Service has told local officials to prepare for a crest Tuesday night.

The news came as Wilkin County was making a plea for volunteers to show up at the recycling center south of town to help fill sandbags.

The plea for help came as officials received reports of water overtopping some roads in rural Wilkin County.

In Wahpeton, public works crews were hooking up an auxiliary pump near the Red River, swollen and ice-capped, to help the storm sewer function.

Rains started Sunday afternoon, with 1¼ inches possible by this morning, and another 1 to 1¼ inches of rain Tuesday.

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Patrick Springer
Patrick Springer first joined the reporting staff of The Forum in 1985. He can be reached by calling 701-241-5522. Have a comment to share about a story? Letters to the editor should include author’s name, address and phone number. Generally, letters should be no longer than 250 words. All letters are subject to editing. Send to letters@forumcomm.com
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