WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Due to heavy rain over the past weekend, officials in Minnesota have amended their Red River of the North crest estimates to a higher level. In East Grand Forks, the river is expected to crest at 45.5 feet, nearly a foot higher than previously predicted.
The East Grand Forks flood crest is expected to occur between April 2 & 3. While flooding is expected, officials believe that only a few houses will be impacted, and measures are being put in place to protect those structures.
East of Grand Forks, in Crookston, the Red Lake River, a tributary of the Red River of the North, is expected to crest as much as 12 inches higher than first predicted. That crest is expected to occur on March 30. Water levels along the river may fluctuate due to ice jams. Crookston officials have activated the community's flood preparedness plan.
The State has deployed personnel to both communities to monitor the river levels. The National Weather Service forecasts the next round of rain for Wednesday. Rainfall expected to continue for several days.