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Mar 22, 2010 11:22 AM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Floods recede in Fargo, but other hazards linger

Fargo, North Dakota, residents must deal with another problem now that the Red River's flood waters are starting to recede - environmental hazards that linger long after the river's waters decline.

Floodwaters can be noxious brews of pesticides, sewage, garbage and animal carcasses that foul drinking water, spread disease and damage fish habitat.

Though the Red River didn't do nearly as much damage this year as it did during record-breaking floods in 2009, authorities say danger could persist.

The Red crested Sunday at just under 19 feet over flood stage without doing major damage to homes and other buildings. Even as many have declared victory in this year's flood fight, authorities emphasize the need to safeguard drinking water supplies.

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