Cities surrounding the Red River are on high alert for rising waters this week as the National Weather Service issued a flood warning.
Heavy rainfall near Fargo last week caused river levels to rise, carrying the elevated levels north this week, Brittany Peterson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said. The Red River is cresting in the north early this week, but will continue to rise in the south, the weather service said.
Since the beginning of June, Grand Forks has received 4.54 inches of rain.
The Red River was at 30.2 feet early Monday in the greater Grand Forks area, sending it over the minor flood staging of 28 feet, Peterson said. Water levels are expected to recede throughout the week, dropping below the flood stage late Thursday morning, according to the National Weather Service. The flood warning is in effect until Friday afternoon.
Peterson said the minor flooding will have a limited impact on the area, but some of the lower trails on the Greenway could see flooding.
NWS predicts the Red River will crest in Oslo, Minn., around 28.3 feet on Tuesday evening. The minor flood stage in Oslo is 28.3 feet and moderate staging is at 30 feet. Peterson said several county roads nearby may have water on them. The warning will stay in effect until Sunday.
Rain, which could drop from a half-inch to an inch of precipitation in the area, is predicted to fall on and off throughout the week with temperatures in the mid to upper 80s.
Peterson said flooding isn’t common this year, but river levels were elevated coming into summer from the heavy snowfall throughout the winter.