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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Corps boss, Price, says forecast puts focus on flood fight

  • A Corps of Engineers district commander says it's not a bad thing that last week's Red River crest forecast in Fargo overshot the mark.
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  • A Corps of Engineers district commander says it's not a bad thing that last week's Red River crest forecast in Fargo overshot the mark.
    The National Weather Service on Wednesday downgraded the predicted Red River peak a couple of feet, placing the range at between 38 and 40 feet when the river crests next week. That's more than 20 feet above the point where the river spills its banks.
    Col. Michael Price is commander of the corps' St. Paul district. He says the forecast helped the corps get a jump on getting bids and starting construction on building clay levees. He says flood fighting is more efficient when people are "not working in crisis mode."
    About 11 miles of emergency levees are planned, along with about 100,000 sandbags around homes.

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