Flash Flood Watch
Issued by NWS Grand Forks, ND

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URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
Flood Watch
National Weather Service Eastern North Dakota/Grand Forks ND
1244 PM CDT THU MAR 23 2017

...The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, ND has issued a flood
watch for these river locations in North Dakota...

  * Grafton...on the Park River...in Walsh County


.  Warm temperatures are forecast over the Park River Basin starting
this weekend and will persist. High temperatures are expected to be
well above freezing during this period with low temperatures near
freezing.

There is uncertainty regarding the timing of the release of the
water in the lower basin which is frozen in the drainage network.
Once the soil warms up and the ice melts, the water may run off
more rapidly. Ice jams are common at this location and can cause
rapid rises.

The river forecast beyond 7 days show a crest range of 14 to 16
feet around April 1 due to uncertainty of release rate of water
into the river. The crest forecast may change due to varying
weather conditions.

As river levels rise over the coming days, flood warnings and more
information should be expected for the Park River forecast points.

Those with interests along the Park River should be prepared for
rising river levels.


 The segments in this product are river forecasts for selected
 locations in the watch area...

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

Safety message...turn around, don`t drown...

 - Don`t travel through flooded areas!

 - Persons living in the Red River Basin should monitor river
   levels while the river is in, or near, flood.

 - Listen to NOAA weather radio or commercial radio or TV
   for the latest updates.

For more information...go to the AHPS/River section
on our web page at:      www.weather.gov/grandforks

This forecast does not account for ice jams that can
quickly raise local river levels with little or no notice.

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1244 PM CDT THU MAR 23 2017

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks, ND has issued a
* Flood Watch for
  The Park River at Grafton
* from Wednesday afternoon until further notice.
* At 11:30 AM Thursday the stage was 9.0 feet.
* Major flooding is possible beyond seven days.
* Flood Stage is 12.0 feet.
* Forecast...the river is forecast to reach minor Flood Stage
  by Wednesday early afternoon.


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Daily 7am CDT/6am CST forecast stage in feet:

 Date                Fri    Sat    Sun    Mon    Tue    Wed    Thu
(month/day)         03/24  03/25  03/26  03/27  03/28  03/29  03/30

Park River
  Grafton            8.7    8.5    8.5    9.2   10.4   11.7   12.9


LAT...LON 4850 9749 4839 9750 4842 9716 4851 9715


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