With flooding expected on the Red River this spring, the city of Grand Forks has taken the first step to access state resources to help minimize the damage. The city has declared a state of emergency to allow Grand Forks to prepare for high waters.

Flood controls are in place to protect Grand Forks from a flood crest of up to 57 feet. In 1997, the river reached a level of 54.3 feet. The National Weather Service has projected a 50 percent probability of the river reaching 47.6 feet and a 10 percent probability of reaching 50.3 feet.

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The National Weather Service is scheduled to come out with an updated forecast on Friday.

For more information, e-mail info@grandforksgov.com or call (701) 746-4636.