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UPDATE: 800 more Guard troops called up for Fargo flood

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- Fargo officials are calling in more National Guard troops and asking people to stay off major streets to protect against flooding that could ravage the city in the coming days.

Fargo Mayor Dennis Walaker says they are adding 800 members of the guard from North Dakota and South Dakota to patrol dikes for breaches, on top of the 900 troops already in place. He is asking residents to stay off the roads to keep streets clear for sandbag trucks.

The river had risen to 40.32 feet early Friday -- more than 22 feet above flood stage and inches more than the previous high water mark of 40.1 feet set in 1897. It was expected to crest as high as 43 feet on Saturday. Fargo's main dike protects the city at the 43-foot level.

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FARGO, N.D. (AP) -- It's a record Fargo, N.D. could do without. The Red River rose to 40.32 feet early today. That's more than 22 feet above flood stage, and inches more than the previous high water mark of 40.10 feet set on April 7, 1897.

The higher water eroded a dike in an area south of downtown, forcing authorities to issue a mandatory evacuation order covering about 150 homes.

A Fargo spokeswoman says crews would start working to patch the leak today.

With the Red River predicted to crest as high as 43 feet by tomorrow, officials are determined to hold the water back.

Residents have been scrambling in subfreezing temperatures to pile sandbags along the river.

North Dakota Gov. John Hoeven (HOH'-vihn) urged residents not to let up, saying: "We know they're tired, but we need to hang in there and continue the work."

Hoeven called for 500 more National Guard members to join 900 already part of the effort.

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