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Red at GF-EGF expected to crest at 47 to 49 feet

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GRAND FORKS, N.D. 0 The Red River is expected to crest at Grand Forks between 47 and 49 feet next week, perhaps as early as Monday or Tuesday.

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The early crest will be the result of snowmelt along Minnesota tributaries, which have caused rapid river rises and ice jam problems in some areas Sunday and Monday, including the Red Lake River in Crookston.

The Red Lake River crest likely will reach East Grand Forks a few days before the mainstem Red River crests, which would reduce major flooding in the northern valley this year, according to the National Weather Service.

The Red crested at 49.34 feet at Grand Forks-East Grand Forks in 2009, the third-highest crest on record. However, damage was minimal in the cities, because of a $400 million flood protection system that was built after the record flood of 1997, when the river crested at 54.35 feet.

In Oslo, Minn., a crest of 36 to 38 feet is expected about a day or two later than in Grand Forks.

The weather service said current conditions are showing that the Red River likely will see a prolonged crest, or a dip from the 47-49-foot range next week, before rising again when water from the southern valley reaches the area.

In Fargo, the Red is expected to crest this weekend between 37 and 39 feet.

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Kevin Bonham
Kevin Bonham covers regional news, mostly from northeast North Dakota, for the Grand Forks Herald. A North Dakota native who grew up in Mandan and Dickinson, he has been a reporter or an editor with the Herald and Forum Communications for more than 30 years. Find his articles at: www.grandforksherald.com. He welcomes story ideas via email, kbonham@gfherald.com, or by phone, (701) 780-1110.  
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