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NOTE: The second bar in the chart is a recent maximum daily average based on numerous observations recorded over one day.


Flood tracking chart for 05054000 RED RIVER OF THE NORTH AT FARGO, ND

To use the above flood tracking chart for a particular property near the RED RIVER OF THE NORTH AT FARGO, ND gaging station:

  1. Determine the approximate elevation above sea level of the property.
  2. Convert the current stage to sea level using a sea level conversion factor of 861.8 feet for this particular gage:
        14.61 + 861.8 = 876.41 feet.
  3. Compare the sea level in 2 to the elevation of the property to immediately know if the property has an impending threat of flooding.

Because the surface of flowing water is not flat and has a slope, the water-surface elevation near a threatened property might not be the same as the river stage at the gaging station.

The National Weather Service is responsible for forecasting flooding and setting flood stages, which are subject to change. Visit their web site for forecasts and flood stage information.

Daily Average values flood comparison chart for 05054000 RED RIVER OF THE NORTH AT FARGO, ND

Recent webcam image of the Red River at Fargo, ND, Moorhead, MN

Red River at Fargo, October 1, 2008
The same area in the fall, October 1, 2008. Stage is approximately 14.8 feet (streamflow approximately 692 cubic feet per second).

Additional information for this gaging station:

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