Red River cresting in Grand Forks, East Grand Forks; has crested in Fargo

May 1st, 2013
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From the Grand Forks Herald:

The Red River at East Grand Forks and Grand Forks appears to be cresting, although it’s “oscillating,” an inch or three up or down and likely will do that for some time, said Steve Buan, of the National Weather Service’s North Central River Forecast Center in Chanhassan, Minn.

As of about 11:35 a.m. today, the Red was at 40.8 feet at the East Grand Forks gauge, Buan said.

“I don’t expect it will go up materially from here, but even in 15-minute intervals it’s moving 1 to 3 inches. It’s been as high as 40.89 feet and as low as 40.66 feet (in the past 12 hours).”

But no actual crest is being pegged yet until it’s clear the river will drop consistently, he said.

The faster-but-lower-than-expected crest reached here is typical of what has happened the past week up and down the Red.

On Sunday, the official crest forecast for the Red at East Grand Forks was 45 feet to hit Thursday.

The Red crested in Fargo earlier today just below 33.3 feet; it was at 33.22 feet at 11:15 a.m., down from 33.27 feet a few hours earlier. That’s five feet below the crest forecast last Thursday to hit this Thursday.

It’s not a normal crest moving down the Red from south to north, with the typical two-day or more interval between, say, Fargo and East Grand Forks crests, because the spring melt hasn’t operated quite like expected, Buan said. That means it may be a “broad” crest, lasting longer and varying as crests from upstream move through, he said.

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Red River crest in Grand Forks-East Grand Forks lowered; all bridges likely to stay open

April 30th, 2013
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From the Grand Forks Herld: The National Weather Service has lowered the projected crest for the Red River to 42.5 feet in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, which could mean all three bridges between the cities will remain open.

The Sorlie Bridge would close at 43.5 feet, the Kennedy Bridge at 52 feet and the Point Bridge at 40 feet, according to the city of East Grand Forks.

However, the city said Tuesday if the projection holds it will not actually have to close the Point Bridge.

The weather service’s latest projection is significantly lower than projections in the last few days. On Saturday, the river was expected to reach 46 feet. On Monday, it was expected to reach 45.5 feet.

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Boat Ramps Closed

April 26th, 2013
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From the City of Grand Forks Information Center: The Grand Forks County Sheriff has closed both the north and south end boat ramps to the Red River. It is illegal to go onto the river while the water is above flood stage (28 feet). The boat ramps will be closed until further notice.

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Grand Forks County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Now Open

April 26th, 2013
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The Grand Forks County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is now open 8 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. To contact the Grand Forks EOC call 701-780-8213.

Grand Forks County residents looking to get sandbags can contact the Grand Forks County Highway Department at 701-780-8248.

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City of Grand Forks: Dog Park & Lower Trails Closed

April 26th, 2013
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The City of Grand Forks will be closing the dog park and lower trails in the Greenway today at noon due to rising flood waters.

The Red River in GF/EGF rose above flood stage (28 feet) early this morning.

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