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Wahpeton-Breckenridge Flood Outlook

By Staff
updated 12:35 p.m. ET March 16, 2009

City and county officials in the Wahpeton-Breckenridge area are gearing up for what could be a close call. The latest outlook gives a 60-percent chance that the Red River in Wahpeton will raise to 16-feet or higher this spring.

According to Wilkin County engineer Tom Richels, the permanent levee is also at 16 feet. He says the county is doing some pre-sandbagging and getting other materials ready to go. He says he expects significant overland flooding, and all of that will move toward Wahpeton-Breckenridge.

Tom Richels/Wilkin County engineer, "It's kind of like a large bubble of water that starts moving toward the city. When it gets to the city, it collects in the main river, red, and sends it north to Fargo."

The record crest of the Red in Wahpeton is 19.72 feet set back in 1997.

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