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Flood stage for Red River in Wahpeton increased

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — Officials say flood stage on the Red River in Wahpeton will be bumped up by 1 foot to reflect better permanent flood protection measures.

The change was initiated by the National Weather Service and was approved by local emergency managers. It is slated to take effect on Dec. 23.

The Forum newspaper reports (http://bit.ly/IylcZG) that the revision means a minor flood will start at 11 feet, instead of 10 feet, a moderate flood begins at 13 feet, instead of 12 feet, and a major flood is signified by a level of 15 feet, instead of 14 feet.

Wahpeton, located south of Fargo, and neighboring Breckenridge, Minn., now have permanent flood protection from the north-flowing river to a level of 21 feet.

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