"Red River Floodwaters Rise In Northern U.S. Plains"

"The Red River rose three feet on Tuesday, getting closer to causing major flooding at Fargo, North Dakota for the second straight spring in the key U.S. wheat-growing state.

The Red River rose 3 feet in one day to 28.2 feet by Tuesday afternoon and was expected to reach the major flooding stage of 30 feet by midnight Tuesday, said Greg Gust, warning co-ordination meteorologist for the U.S. National Weather Service.

Volunteers and National Guard troops were placing sandbags on dikes in North Dakota while the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers built dikes of dirt and clay."

Rod Nickel reports for Reuters March 17, 2010.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010