Major flooding is continuing for the Red River north of Oslo, with the river at Drayton cresting Wednesday, and Pembina set to crest Sunday and Monday. The Sheyenne River at Kindred also crested in moderate flood stages on Tuesday, and all other tributaries are now receding.
Drayton is expected to crest at 43.3 feet in major flood stages on Tuesday and was observed at 43.23 feet Tuesday afternoon. The river is expected to drop into moderate flood stages around April 19-20.
Oslo remains in major flood stages, but on a slow downward trend. The river was observed Tuesday afternoon at 37.65 feet and is expected to return to moderate flooding by April 20. The Minnesota National Guard was deployed to Oslo last week for flood assistance, and Tuesday, Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he expects the National Guard will be disengaged Friday or Saturday.
The Red River at Pembina was observed Tuesday afternoon at 48.92, just below the 49-foot threshold for major flooding. The crest at Pembina is projected for April 19 at 51 feet, and river levels are expected to remain steady for at least the next two days after the initial crest.
In Grand Forks, the river was observed Tuesday in moderate flood stages at 44.13 feet and is expected to drop below the 40-foot threshold for minor flood stages around April 18-19.
Colder temperatures throughout the week will continue to slow remaining snowmelt. Temperatures are expected to rise by the end of the week, and the National Weather Service's two-week outlook favors continued cool and dry conditions.