Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office lifts Red River closure as river drops below flood stage

Caution is still strongly advised for anyone planning to access the river, the Sheriff’s Office said.

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The Red River in Grand Forks is seen from the Pat Owens Pedestrian Bridge in the Greenway on Sunday, April 3, 2022. The river has dropped below flood stage, and authorities have lifted the closure on river access.
Brad Dokken / Grand Forks
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GRAND FORKS – With river levels receding below flood stage, the Grand Forks County Sheriff's Office has lifted the closure on the Red River throughout the boundaries of Grand Forks County.

Caution is still strongly advised, the Sheriff’s Office said. Mud and debris are still present on and near river access points. Water levels continue to fall, and hazardous debris may still be submerged.

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The Red River in Grand Forks was at 22.49 feet as of 7:45 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service, a drop of more than 7 feet since Saturday morning, when the river was at 29.84 feet. Flood stage is 28 feet.

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