Rivers in northeast North Dakota
The Great Forks – Rivers across eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota are rising as snowmelt and torrential rain affect the region’s waterways.
Rivers in northeast North Dakota rise as snow melts, rain falls
Greg Jost of the National Weather Service said some locations across the region, including Crookston, Minnesota, may be approaching record flooding in the coming days.
Additionally, many county roads around the area have either been flooded or washed away.
In Greater Grand Forks, the Weather Service expects the Red River to reach 48.5 feet in height by midweek.
The river has already seen a quick jump – by noon on Saturday, April 23, the Red River was 28.93 feet high; By early Sunday afternoon, the river was up 39.7 feet.
In the East Grand Forks/Grand Forks, the minor flood stage is at 28 feet, the moderate flood stage is at 40 feet, and the major flood stage is at 46 feet.
Rising waters caused city officials on both sides of the river to close the Point Bridge at 1 p.m. Sunday.
Access to the Greenway and other parks along the river are closed. Several roads in both cities were affected, including the closing of the slopes and out and the underpass area under Interstate 2 in East Grand Forks.
As of 12:45 p.m. Sunday, 27th Avenue North and North Shadyridge Drive in Grand Forks are closed.
Cities are hoping to keep the Sorlie Bridge along DeMers Street open for now.
Both Mayors, Brandon Bushinsky and Steve Gander, have declared flood emergencies in their city.
John Bernstrom, of the Grand Forks Public Information Center, said the city is “inside” the flood protection system.
“All we have to do is pull some triggers very quickly,” he said.
The Kennedy Bridge is expected to remain open.
As major cities work to put flood protection measures in place, Crookston is still looking to fill sandbags as the Red Lake River approaches a potentially historic peak.