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Flow of Red River Sets Official 100-Year Record
Released: 4/22/1997

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The flow of the Red River officially broke the 100-year-old record on Thurs. April 17, 1997, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

USGS scientists said the flow reached 112,000 cubic feet per second (73 billion gallons a day) Mon., April 21, at Grand Forks, eclipsing the record flow of 85,000 cubic feet per second (55 billion gallons a day) last reached in 1897.

Such flow measurements are provided by the USGS to the National Weather Service and other emergency management agencies as the basis for actual downstream flood predictions.

In addition to providing basic floodflow information this year during major floods in California, the Pacific Northwest and the Ohio River Valley, the USGS has supplied more than 7,000 topographic maps to flood emergency officials in 15 different states since mid-January. Users range from the American Red Cross to the North Dakota Geological Survey, which is using maps of Fargo and Grand Forks, ND, in support of disaster operations planning.


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