Red River at Fargo still dropping, but officials haven't called it a crest
FARGO - The Red River at Fargo has dropped nearly 0.7 feet since Thursday morning, but officials still aren't calling it a crest.
The river stood at 33.34 at 10:15 a.m. today, steadily down from 34 feet at 5:30 a.m.
"It's trending downward," said Brad Hopkins, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Forks. "Unofficially, you could probably say that it has crested."
But the official proclamation has yet to come from the U.S. Geological Survey. Officials likely have to verify the levels and double-check their data, Hopkins said.
The Sheyenne River has been holding steady for the most part, though it is fluctuating slightly at Valley City, N.D., Hopkins said. The river was at 20.32 feet as of 10 a.m. today.
At Lisbon, N.D., the Sheyenne River appeared to have dropped from 22.84 feet Thursday to 22.01 feet as of 10 a.m. today. Hopkins said the water may be hung up, given the complex terrain of that part of the state.
During a news conference today, Ransom County Emergency Manager Terese Rotenberger said crews are 80 to 90 percent done building clay dikes up to 25 feet in the Lisbon.