UPDATE: National Weather Service lowers expected crest level for Red River at Greater Grand Forks
The weather service lowered the expected crest level to 46 feet on Tuesday afternoon
GRAND FORKS – The Red River in the Greater Grand Forks area is now expected to crest at 46 feet with the river level currently at 45.73 feet as of Tuesday afternoon.
The National Weather Service originally projected the river to crest of 48.5 feet.
Tuesday morning the Red River level was at 45.77 feet and was flattening, according to Greg Gust with the NWS.
“We’re very close to the crest in Grand Forks so that’s good news,” Gust said during a webinar providing updates on flooding in the Red River basin Tuesday.
Gust said rain expected later this week will likely prolong high water levels in the Red River not only in the Greater Grand Forks area, but also farther north.
“Grand Forks and north, again, those are dependent significantly on rain this weekend,” he said. “The duration of that high water in Grand Forks as well as potential crests near the north basin along the Red River especially could be impacted by additional rain.”
The Red River at Oslo is also starting to flatten out as the river level is currently around 37.04 feet and is expected to crest later in the week at 38 feet, just slightly under the record crest of 38.4 feet.
Gust said cold temperatures in the region over the past 24 hours have slowed the runoff of water on land.
“Even the water in the ditches and streams moving what was continuing to come off the landscape has largely shut down,” Gust said. “That is a significant impact from those colder temperatures so that’s all good news.”
The Red River in Pembina continues to rise as the river level is at 43.47 feet, as of Tuesday morning. It is expected to crest at 50 feet early next week, though Gust said he expects that number to drop a bit.
The Snake River in the Minnesota cities of Warren and Alvarado has since crested. In Warren, the Snake River level is at 69.75 feet after cresting at 72.38 feet Sunday and is continuing to decline. The Snake River in Alvarado crested late Monday night at 109.68 feet and the river level is slowly declining as it is now 109.5 feet and expected to continue to decline.
Southern Red River Valley
The Goose River in Hillsboro crested at 15.95 feet late Monday night. The river level is 15.85 feet, as of Tuesday morning.
Crookston and Fisher
The Red Lake River in Crookston continues to decline as the river level is at 23.76 feet after cresting at 27.07 feet late Sunday night.
In Fisher, the Red Lake River was at 40.82 feet, as of Tuesday morning. The river level yesterday afternoon was at 42.27 feet.