Cooler weather will lead to extended flood crest

Courtesy National Weather Service
Courtesy National Weather Service

An extended flood crest for East Grand Forks is expected due to last week’s storm and expected cooler weather, says the National Weather Service in an April 8 flood briefing.

The Red River at East Grand Forks is expected to crest at 47 feet late Friday night or early Saturday morning, then stay at or slightly below that level for several days. With daytime temperatures above freezing and below freezing at night, the Weather Service said that snowmelt will be slowed. There is some uncertainty on the river’s response to the recent snow event, which dumped 10 inches on Grand Forks April 1-3.

The Sorlie and Point Bridges remain closed, as is the Greenway. Roads in rural areas may flood or are already closed; please use caution when traveling.