Minor flooding continues in area
Heavy rains Thursday have caused minor flooding conditions that continue in the northern Red River Valley, but a dry week is expected. The Red Lake River in Crookston crested Saturday, and the Two Rivers River in Hallock, Minn., crested Sunday, t...
Heavy rains Thursday have caused minor flooding conditions that continue in the northern Red River Valley, but a dry week is expected.
The Red Lake River in Crookston crested Saturday, and the Two Rivers River in Hallock, Minn., crested Sunday, the National Weather Service said.
A flood warning remains in effect for much of Grand Forks and Polk counties, as well as parts of Marshall and Kittson and Walsh counties, on both sides of the Red River.
The Red River will crest Tuesday at East Grand Forks and Wednesday downriver at Oslo, Minn., just over minor flood stage, the weather service said.
The Red Lake River crested Saturday afternoon in Crookston at 16.85 feet, well below moderate flood stage of 23 feet; it was at 16.41 feet at 6 p.m. Sunday and will continue to fall, the weather service says.
The Red River in East Grand Forks and Grand Forks was at 24.95 feet at 6 p.m. Sunday and will rise to a crest of 28.5 feet on Tuesday, which is just above minor flood stage of 28 feet. Moderate flood stage is 40 feet.
The Two Rivers River at Hallock crested early Sunday at 803.69 feet above sea level and was about the same level, 803.7, at 6 p.m. Sunday and will fall. Minor flood stage is 802 feet and moderate flood stage is 806 feet.
No major problems are expected, but drivers are advised to watch road conditions because of possible flooding in certain spots.
On Thursday, 1.85 inches of rain fell in Grand Forks, measured at the UND reporting site of the weather service, a record for the date going back 130 years.
Grand Forks International Airport received 1.79 inches that day, also a record for the date going back to 1940 when the data began.
Through Saturday, the airport has received a total of 24.01 inches of precipitation since Jan. 1, which is 7.88 inches above the 30-year norm for the period.
Farm fields remain muddy and filled with puddles and water in rows, delaying harvest several more days.
The best news is that this week promises warm, sunny and breezy weather with no threat of rain expected through next weekend.
Highs are expected to be from the mid-60s to the mid-70s, with lows from 50 to 55 tonight and Tuesday night and in the low to mid-40s the rest of the week.