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Past shows flood-prone Red River has potential for larger crests

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FARGO - After a record Red River crest, after weeks of chucking sandbags and losing sleep over the latest forecasts, the following statement from Donald Schwert may seem hard to swallow:

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"We haven't seen a big flood here," said Schwert, a distinguished professor of geology at North Dakota State University.

More specifically, he said, we haven't seen anything of the scale of the 1826 flood, which one historian described as "a calamity of the first magnitude."

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