Flooding predicted along Red River

It appears as if one angler is stretching the truth when it comes to the size of a fish even before disembarking from the boat during the Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament held Saturday, July 27, in East Grand Forks. By Kimberly Wynn/Grand Forks Herald

The National Weather Service in Grand Forks has issued a flood warning for the Red River in Marshall, Polk, Grand Forks and Walsh counties in Minnesota and North Dakota.

Forecast flooding changed from minor to moderate severity.

At 11:15 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 5, the stage was 26.2 feet in Oslo, Minn. Moderate flood stage is 30 feet. Minor flooding will be occurring for the next seven days. The National Weather Service predicts the Red River will continue rising to near 32 feet by Thursday, Oct. 10, then begin falling.

Overnight rain totals recorded by the National Weather Service included .73 inches in Bemidji, .60 in Fargo, .18 in Devils Lake and .30 at the Grand Forks International Airport.

The National Weather Service predicts scattered showers on Sunday, with gusty west-northwest winds. The sun will break out on Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday is expected to see a cold front pass through and perhaps stall over parts of Minnesota. Therefore, a large temperature gradient is setting up for Thursday, which will provide chances for rain and snow.

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