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The Red River barely skims the deck bottom of Fargo's North Broadway Bridge on Sunday afternoon. The bridge was later closed. (Carrie Snyder/The Forum)

Forecasted flood crest coming earlier and is higher than first thought

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FARGO - Fargo-Moorhead and surrounding areas were inundated with bad news Sunday with a new predicted Red River flood crest that now could reach 39 to 41 feet and arrive as early as Friday - a foot higher and day earlier than originally forecast.

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Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker pleaded for stepped-up volunteer efforts as the city races to prepare for a flood that now appears likely to surpass the flood of 1997, which crested at 39.57 feet.

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