The flood crest in Grand Forks is still expected to be a week or more out, but several roads in Grand Forks County were marked and being monitored Tuesday, March 31, due to overland flooding, according to a release from the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Department.
As temperatures rise, many tributaries into the Red River are still blocked by ice, including Turtle River, Cole Creek, Elm Coulee and Wilson Creek. The Grand Forks County Highway Department and the sheriff's office are monitoring and marking as many locations as possible, but travelers are urged to use caution on county roads.
Road conditions are expected to change quickly over the next several days, and roads that may be passable in the morning may be flooded or washed out by the afternoon, according to the release. Anyone who comes across an underwater road is asked to call the sheriff's office at (701) 780-8289 and is reminded to use caution around flood waters, and not to drive through moving water.
Flood levels could be impacted by precipitation in northeast North Dakota at the end of the week as temperatures drop below freezing, slowing the melt of the snowpack, according to the National Weather Service.
A flood warning has been issued for Grand Forks and much of the Red River Basin starting Wednesday and is expected to last until further notice. The Red River at Grand Forks is projected to reach moderate flood levels in the next seven days and is anticipated to crest within the next 14 days.