From the NYTimes:
FARGO, N.D. — After a week of piling sand on top of sand on top of sand to hold back the Red River, which has risen to levels never seen before in North Dakota and Minnesota, there was cause for optimism on Saturday. The river, which had been rising last week at a rate of three feet a day, unexpectedly slowed down and even appeared, according to new National Weather Service predictions, to recede.
“For the time being, it has crested in Fargo,” said Patrick Slattery, a National Weather Service spokesman, who warned, however, that all sorts of factors — warmer weather, ice chunks, snow predicted next week — could change the forecast once again.
“It’s still in major flood, and it will be in major flood stage for several days, if not a week,” Mr. Slattery said of the river. “That means the danger is not completely over, but the threat of it getting worse for the time being has slacked off.”
Still, people in Fargo, who have experienced what one resident described as “forecast whiplash” with the changing predictions over several days, seemed encouraged, but also deeply skeptical. They continued their flood vigil, walking one more time over the miles of enormous dikes they have built in a few days, watching the water swell near the tops of them, and hoping their city would be spared. “We remain on high alert,” said Tim Mahoney, the vice mayor. “We’re not going to stop until it truly starts going down. It’s not over.”