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NWS gives Red River 40 percent of setting record

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) — The National Weather Service is telling Fargo-area residents to prepare for record flooding along the Red River, but city officials say the updated forecast released Wednesday is not overwhelming.

The weather service said there's a 40 percent chance the north-flowing river could top the 2009 record of 40.84 feet, up from a 15 percent chance in the March flood forecast. Flood stage, or when the river first tops its banks, is 18 feet.

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