The deaths of two people were reported to the North Dakota Health Department Saturday. The cause of death was cardiac-related due to flood prevention exertion.
The department also reported 50 other injuries related to the flooding of the Red River. They included small injuries such as wrist and ankle stress to serious car accidents, according to an article in the Pioneer Press.
The residents of Fargo and Moorhead received good news Saturday, however, when the National Weather Service said the Red River appears to be temporarily cresting at a lower level than predicted, said the Star Tribune.
The river's all-time high reached 40.82 feet after midnight Saturday but has decreased to 40.65 feet by 12:15 p.m.
Forecasters say that the reason for the decrease is the cold weather. The cold temperatures froze the water in the river, which has significantly slowed its rise. However, the worst may not be over with a winter storm predicted early next week to bring snow and wind gusts.
President Obama assured those affected by the flooding in his weekly radio and Internet address that he will keep watch on the Midwest floods.
"Even as we face an economic crisis which demands our constant focus, forces of nature can also intervene in ways that create other crises to which we must respond — and respond urgently," the president said.
"I will continue to monitor the situation carefully," he pledged. "We will do what must be done to help."
Already the region has received help from the Army Corps of Engineers, the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.