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Moisture Hits Where Needed

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This April storm - while prolonging winter - has hit parts of North Dakota most in need of moisture, and spared places that can't afford much more wetness.

The storm is targeting south-central and southwest portions of the state - where drought conditions have been a concern.

And while it will delay agricultural work, it may also give farm and ranch land the moisture needed for a better year.

In north-central North Dakota, the moisture totals figure to be quite low from the storm - and that's good news for people worried about the level of the Mouse River this spring.

As of tonight, the National Weather Service is predicting steady or slowly falling river levels from where the river enters the US west of Sherwood, through Sawyer.

A slight rise is predicted in Velva.

And in Towner, the river is still predicted to rise another half-foot over the next several days to about 55 feet - where some flooding of secondary roads may be a problem.

Downstream at Clark Salyer National Wildlife Refuge, ponds have been drained in expectation of the big runoff so they are holding much of the water for now.

The bottom line for this storm regarding the Mouse River - it appears it will have little if any impact on the potential for flooding this spring.

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