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Access to Red River closed due to rising water levels

According to a Friday, March 25, release from the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office, the Red River has surpassed the minor flood stage of 28 feet. Access points to the Red River have been deemed unsafe due to rising water levels, ice jams and debris in the river.

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GRAND FORKS — All access points to the Red River in Grand Forks County are now closed, due to rising river levels.

According to a Friday, March 25, release from the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office, the Red River has surpassed the minor flood stage of 28 feet. Access points to the Red River have been deemed unsafe due to rising water levels, ice jams and debris in the river.

The Sheriff’s Office is reminding people that knowingly driving around road-closed barricades, or entering a posted road closed due to hazardous conditions, is subject to a $250 fine. The GFSO is urging drivers to use caution as water levels rise, and newly-flooded roadways may not be marked.

Drivers should not attempt to drive through water on roadways because of the possibility of washouts and moving water hazards.

According to the National Weather Service’s website, the Red River in the Grand Forks region is at 31.5 feet, and is expected to rise to 37 feet. A water level of 46 feet is considered major flood stage, and levels beyond that require the closure of various bridges and roads in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks.

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Questions regarding closure of public access to the Red River can be directed to Sgt. Thomas Inocencio, at 701-780-8280.

Adam Kurtz is the community editor for the Grand Forks Herald. He covers higher education and other topics in Grand Forks County and the city.

Kurtz joined the Herald in July 2019. He covered business and county government topics before covering higher education and some military topics.

Tips and story ideas are welcome. Get in touch with him at akurtz@gfherald.com, or DM at @ByAdamKurtz.

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