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Red River crests in Fargo without flooding
Spring break: Fargo residents celebrate as river crests without flooding for 1st time in years
By The Associated Press

FARGO, N.D. (AP) ' Residents in Fargo, N.D., are quietly celebrating after the National Weather Service said the Red River appeared to have crested below the flood stage in Fargo for the first time in years.

Weather service meteorologist Jeff Makowski says the river was measured at 17.1 feet Monday morning and "looks to be on its way down." Flood stage is 18 feet.

Residents of Fargo and Moorhead, Minn., are coming off three straight years of major spring flooding. That included a record crest of nearly 41 feet in 2009.

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker, the leader of the city's ongoing flood fight, says he marked the harmless crest with Sunday brunch and a performance of the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony Orchestra.

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