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Bundles of bags for sand sit in the Fargo city garage Thursday in preparation for sandbagging today. Behind them is a conveyor belt to move sand to loaders that were yet to arrive. (Michael Vosburg/The Forum)

Latest crest forecast has Fargo scrambling

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FARGO - Stunned metro leaders scrambled resources and issued pleas for volunteers Thursday to prepare for a Red River crest that forecasters say could exceed the flood level of 1997.

There was some confusion over the forecast, with Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker saying the National Weather Service told him Wednesday that there was an even chance the river will reach 39.5 to 40 feet in Fargo as early as March 28.

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