Grand Forks County has declared a state of emergency in advance of forecast spring flooding.

The Grand Forks County Commission this afternoon approved a request from Kari Goelz, director of emergency management for the county.

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"We need to get our plan rolling, we need to start preparing," Goelz said. "This activates that plan."

Cass County and Fargo have already declared a state of emergency.

By declaring an emergency, the county gets access to Federal Emergency Management Agency funds and statewide emergency funds.