Excessive rainfall it the Northern Plains is triggering floods

The Northern Plains are dealing with the exact opposite problem of the West; too much rainfall.

USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey says the region may finally see relief from that heavy rain and snow this week. However, the spring flooding continues in the Red River Valley.

“One of the few areas of the country that is experiencing significant spring flooding. We’re actually seeing a second crest developing on this northward bound river.”

Rippey says the directional flow of the Red River is one main reason for its somewhat annual spring flooding events.

Sugar beets, potatoes, corn and wheat are some of the main crops grown in the area.


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