ND - Hurricane Harvey

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The record floods in the northern Red River Valley would pale in comparison to what would happen if the region received the type of rainfall soaking Texas from Hurricane Harvey. Greg Gust of the National Weather Service office in Grand Forks says the 1997 flood was fueled by eight to ten inches of water equivalent snowpack. He says imagine 20…30…or 40 inches of rain. Gust says there would be no spot in Grand Forks or Fargo that would stay above water.

The NWS says just about every county in this area has received at least one episode of ten inch rain at a single rain gauge - but not 20 counties all at once.

He says compounding the problem is that Hurricane Harvey drenched an area 300 miles wide…

Hurricane Harvey is expected to be the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history.

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