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Red River Valley may see minor flooding

The Red River Valley might yet see minor flooding this weekend or early in the week, but residents have little cause for concern, said the National Weather Service on Saturday.

The Red River Valley might yet see minor flooding this weekend or early in the week, but residents have little cause for concern, said the National Weather Service on Saturday.

The weather service issued a flood warning shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday. Still, on Saturday afternoon the river was almost 2 feet below flood stage after intermittent rain earlier that day, said Dan Riddle, a lead forecaster with the weather service in Grand Forks.

The forecast called for an additional 1 to 2 inches of rain by the end of the weekend. The service expects the Red to reach the flood stage of 18 feet Sunday night and crest at about 21 feet by Wednesday.

"In terms of city impact, it's something that happens quite often, and it's nothing the city residents have to worry about," said Riddle. "It's certainly not anything too serious."

Riddle added that area residents tired of the wet weather have a respite in store next week.

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"After Sunday night, this system will finally get on out of here," he said. "We have a dry forecast once we get past Sunday night."

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