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A front-end loader is reflected in water that covers the road as Moorhead city employee Scott Bond uses a metal rod to find and unclog the storm sewer grate Tuesday near the 1800 block of Second Avenue North. Rain and thawing snow has kept city crews in the F-M area busy trying to clear the streets. (Dave Wallis/The Forum)

Rain may help flood outlook but more warm temperatures needed, hydrologist says

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FARGO - Rain usually exacerbates flooding, but this week's record rainfall may slightly improve the outlook for spring flooding, a National Weather Service hydrologist said Tuesday.

"Actually, the rain and the warm temperatures helped melt that snowpack and start moving the water to the rivers a little bit," said Mike Lukes at the Grand Forks, N.D., office.

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