Flooding closes public access to Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks – Grand Forks Herald
GRAND FORKS — Public access to the Red River in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks is closed until further notice due to spring flooding, according to the Grand Forks and Polk county sheriff’s offices.
Grand Forks Greenway staff issued a reminder regarding the closure Thursday afternoon.
“For your safety and that of the emergency rescue teams, please stay out of the river,” Greenway staff said in an email.
Most of the lower Greenway trails are also closed at this time, the email said.
The Red River in Grand Forks was 28.67 feet at 12:45 p.m. Thursday, slightly above the 28-foot flood stage. According to National Weather Service projections, red is expected to see a slow and steady rise over the next few days and peak at 37 feet on Monday evening, March 28. The river level is expected to remain near 36 feet through Thursday March 31st. the last day for which projections are available.
The highest recorded ridge on the Red River is 54.35 feet on April 22, 1997. In recent years, red in Grand Forks has peaked at 47.70 feet on April 10, 2020 and 46.94 feet on 11 April 2019. Widespread heavy rainfall in the fall of 2019 pushed the river up to 40.93 feet in Grand Forks on October 16, 2019, according to NWS data.