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Continued: Late, lower-than-feared Red River crest at Fargo puts spotlight on forecasting

  • Article by: BILL MCAULIFFE , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 5, 2013 - 11:01 PM

“Flood forecasting is a science, but not an accurate science,” he added “I sympathize with those guys. But as far as I’m concerned, we won the battle. That’s what we should focus on.”

Redlinger said Moorhead adapts to forecasts as they change. That’s a luxury born of major permanent flood protections in recent years. The downside, if it can be described that way, is that both cities probably will fall far short of the damages needed to qualify for federal reimbursements.

Redlinger added that while this year’s forecast missed the mark, flood forecasts are still “the best data we have — really the only data. It’s still THE source for making decisions.”


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