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National Weather Service flood outlook says soil conditions 'very similar' to fall 2008

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GRAND FORKS - Late fall rains have kept groundwater conditions overly wet heading into the winter, which could affect spring flooding, the National Weather Service said today.

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In a news release on possible spring flood impacts, the Weather Service office in Grand Forks said the rainfall has helped to keep river base flows "quite high" in the Red River Valley.

"This excess water remains a threat which could affect our next spring flood, however, expected warmer and somewhat drier conditions this winter could act to reduce that overall flood threat," the release stated.

Despite a wet October, overall conditions during summer and early fall were considerably drier than in 2008, the release stated.

"Yet due to the wet conditions, timing and amounts of the fall rain, topsoil and subsoil conditions are very similar to those found in the fall of 2008," it stated.

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