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Red River at highest level ever for November

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FARGO -- The Red River in Fargo is flowing at the highest level ever recorded for the month of November, the U.S. Geological Survey says.

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The Red was flowing at 8,040 cubic feet per second Wednesday, making it the highest stream flow recorded for the month of November since measurements were started in 1901.

"It is concerning to see this level of stream flow in November," says Gregg Wiche, who directs the USGS North Dakota Water Science Center.

The flow in the Red River at Fargo peaked last fall at 9,180 cubic feet per second on Oct. 16. By Nov. 4, it had fallen to 1,400 cubic feet per second, the USGS says.

The Red crested at 23.59 feet Wednesday, about 5½ feet above flood states and a new record for this time of year, the USGS says.

The river was at 23.18 feet at 10:15 this morning, the National Weather Service reports.

It is now expected to drop to its flood stage of 18 feet late Sunday night or early Monday, the NWS predicts.

The Red went over flood stage in the metro last weekend as runoff from October's rain and snowmelt surged into tributaries and toward F-M.

Sunny to party sunny skies and high temperatures in the high 40s to mid-50s are forecast through Sunday.

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