May 1, 2013
Even though the 2013 Red River flood is not as severe as the National Weather Service initially forecasted, it still made for dramatic images. The river rose from 15 feet just a few weeks ago when the "before" photos in this series were taken, to 33 feet this week.
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Before and after photos: Home buyouts in Fargo-Moorhead key to flood fight
The cities of Fargo, N.D. and Moorhead, Minn. have purchased and removed hundreds of flood-prone homes along the Red River since the record flood of 2009. In some cases, permanent levees now protect the remaining homes. As a result, the cities require fewer sandbags and less manpower when fighting floods now.
Why was the Fargo flood forecast off by so much?
The Red River at Fargo crested today at a little more than 33 feet, about eight feet lower than what the National Weather Service forecast just two weeks ago.
Photos: Fargo's 'Sandbag Central' volunteers reflect on flood fight
Volunteers wrote their thoughts on an empty sandbag with a black marker.
Photos: Here's how Fargo's 'Sandbag Central' works
Volunteers in Fargo, N.D., started filling sandbags Wednesday in preparation for flooding along the Red River expected later this month.