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With wind-whipped flags in the foreground, the flooded Red River covers a portion of the Grand Forks side of the closed Sorlie Bridge late Wednesday afternoon, April 13, 2011. The image is taken from a YouTube video recorded by "Daninator."

Red River at Grand Forks, East Grand Forks crested Thursday

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It appears the Red River crested as early as 1:30 p.m. Thursday a few inches below 50 feet in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks, more than two feet lower than feared only days before.

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The highest reading so far was reached at ninety minutes after noon Thursday at 49.67 feet.

Since then, it's been mostly in decline.

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