Volunteers made their way back to the road after volunteering to shore up the dike, Thursday, March 26, 2009, near Fargo, N.D. The river had risen to 40.32 feet early Friday _ more than 22 feet above flood stage and inches more than the previous high water mark of 40.1 feet set April 7, 1897. (AP Photo/Minneapolis Star Tribune, Richard Tsong-Taatarii) **MANDATORY CREDIT; ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS OUT; TWIN CITIES TV OUT **
Fargo, N.D. (AP) The Red River is slowly dropping but the weather will pose a new threat in Fargo, North Dakota.
Forecasters expect a wintry storm to bring snow and gusty winds. One meteorologist says the region is in for “a full-blown blizzard.”
The wind could be the biggest problem, churning up waves and straining Fargo's hastily fortified sandbag levees.
The Red River dropped to 39 1/2 feet early Monday -- less than record highs set earlier in the week but still nearly 22 feet above flood stage.
City officials say they'll breathe easier when the river falls to 37 feet or lower. That's expected by Saturday.
Fargo's water and sewer plants are right next to the river, and are protected by a secondary dike system. City administrator Pat Zavoral says if they're lost “the city is uninhabitable.”