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February 24, 2011

NWS increases county flood risk

Despite above-normal temperatures in February shrinking snowbanks considerably along city streets and county roads, the National Weather Service recently increased its predicted chances of flooding along the Knife River and Spring Creek come this spring.

In the most recent three-month Spring Flood and Water Resources Outlook issued Feb. 17, the NWS projected that the Knife has a greater than 98 percent chance of reaching minor flood stage at 21 feet, 90 percent chance of reaching moderate flood stage at 24 feet, and 62 percent chance of reaching major flood stage at 25 feet. Those results are up from 72, 47 and 22 percent, respectively, issued by the NWS in late January.

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