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Chance for major flooding increases in Grand Forks, Red River Valley

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The National Weather Service has increased its Red River flood crest prediction by more than 1 foot for Grand Forks.

The latest forecast, issued today, lists a 50-50 chance the river will rise above 51.1 feet. Two weeks ago, the 50-percent probability was at 50 feet.

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That would be the second-highest on record. The record is 54.35 in 1997.

The latest forecast is for increased crests throughout most of the Red River Valley.

Here are the figures, with the latest 50-percent forecast, followed by the forecast of Jan. 27:

- Alvarado, Minn.: 108.7 feet; 108.5.

- Climax, Minn.: 32.1 feet; 31.1.

- Crookston, Minn.: 25.4 feet; 24.4.

- Drayton, N.D.: 44.1 feet; 43.6.

- Fargo: 38.5 feet; 37.3.

- Grafton, N.D.: 15.4 feet; 15.1.

- Hallock, Minn.: 809.1 feet; 808.9.

- Halstad, Minn.: 39.7 feet; 39.3.

- Hendrum, Minn.: 33.3 feet; 32.7.

- Hillsboro, N.D.: 14.3 feet; 14.2.

- Minto, N.D.: 9.2 feet; 8.8.

- Neche, N.D.: 22.0 feet; 21.9.

- Oslo, Minn.: 38.1 feet; 37.7 feet.

- Pembina, N.D.: 54.0 feet; 53.6 feet.

- Roseau, Minn.: 19.0 feet; 18.4.

- Shelly, Minn.: 20.5 feet; 19.5.

- Twin Valley, Minn.: 12.9 feet; 12.4.

- Wahpeton, N.D.: 17.0 feet; 16.7.

- Walhalla, N.D.: 16.1 feet; 15.9.

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