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Dump trucks begin hauling clay onto Fargo's Second Street just south of Main Avenue on Monday evening as a dike is built alongside the rising Red River. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Sandbag distribution starts today as Red rises

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It's go time.

And as the flood fight ramps up today in the metro and surrounding communities, Fargo and Moorhead officials are telling homeowners to build dikes lower than initially planned.

The reason: a new National Weather Service view that the Red River may top out between 38 and 40 feet, a range that does not take into account precipitation that may fall in coming days.

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