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Moorhead mayor warns crest predictions can and do change

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Detroit Lakes, 56501
Detroit Lakes Minnesota 511 Washington Avenue 56501

MOORHEAD - A new, optimistic flood forecast aside, the city of Moorhead is taking no chances with a second crest of the Red River, Mayor Mark Voxland said today.

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The city is asking for volunteers to fill sandbags starting at 1 p.m. at the former VFW at Highway 10 and Highway 75 on the east edge of Moorhead.

The city is evaluating private sandbag dikes and will know better on Thursday where and how many sandbags are needed.

Officials said volunteers likely will be needed again on Thursday to both fill sandbags and help place them.

Voxland said the National Weather Service forecast released Tuesday, that the Red River likely will crest between 38 feet to 40 feet sometime between April 16 to 18, was good news. But he said predictions have a way of changing.

In reality, the latest forecast "is a benchmark that's good for the eighth of April," said Voxland.

For more information about Moorhead's plans, including the current plan for contingency dikes, go to www.cityofmoorhead.com

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