The city of East Grand Forks extended a local state of emergency for the upcoming spring flood Tuesday evening.

A proclamation Mayor Steve Gander read said the state of emergency is a response to flood predictions on the Red and Red Lake rivers.

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On Friday, the National Weather Service reported a 95 percent chance of moderate flooding, with the river potentially cresting around 45.8 feet. There's a 50 percent chance water could reach 50.6 feet.

"The mayor finds that the conditions can change rapidly due to temperature change, ice blockages or many other possible variables that can affect the floodwaters," Gander read.

Declaring a state of emergency is "necessary for response and recovery from" the flood, according to the proclamation.

East Grand Forks joined Grand Forks County in its notice of emergency Tuesday night. Fargo declared a flood emergency on Monday and the city of Grand Forks will do so in the near future, according to a presentation from City Engineer Al Grasser Monday night.

The emergency will remain until the river returns to below the 28 foot flood stage.

On the city trip to St. Paul

Last week, Gander, Council President Mark Olstad, council member Marc DeMers and City Administrator David Murphy were in St. Paul to testify on behalf of the city for changes in the Local Government Aid Formula that evaluates a city's need for state funding based on several factors, including the prevalence of pre-1940 housing.

East Grand Forks has requested the state consider its pre-1970 housing instead, since the city lost much of its pre-1940 housing in the flood of 1997, and therefore may not be receiving all the money it is eligible for.

Gander said it's likely the request will be rolled into a larger tax bill for Gov. Tim Walz to sign sometime in May.