Fargo Braces for Snow as Floods Ease

Winter weather could cause waves to batter sandbag levees
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Mar 30, 2009 11:51 AM CDT
People work to set up a pump as others bring in sandbags at the flooded Oak Grove Lutheran school Sunday, March 29, 2009, in Fargo, N.D.    (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
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(Newser) – Just as the Red River began retreating from Fargo's hastily fortified levees, the city's tired residents stared down a winter storm today that's expected to bring up to 14 inches of snow and wind-whipped waves that could worsen the flooding, the AP reports. Engineers aren't worried about the snowfall, but fear waves could crash against the sandbag levees, further weakening them.

The storm was expected to move in by early afternoon and last until tomorrow evening—and the higher the wind speed, the higher the threat, said an Army engineers spokesman. Winds could hit 25 mph, and "certainly that's enough wind to create some wave action on the river," he said. Still, forecasters are optimistic that by the time the snow starts melting, river levels will have receded even more.
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