South Grand Forks residents continue bridge plansThere's a predicted 50 percent chance that the Red River in Grand Forks will crest at 46 feet. At that level people living just to the south of the city are preparing to once again boat to and from their home.
By: David Schwab, WDAZ
There's a predicted 50 percent chance that the Red River in Grand Forks will crest at 46 feet. At that level people living just to the south of the city are preparing to once again boat to and from their home.
At the 42 foot level the main road to the Shady Ridge and East Lake Estates neighborhoods near the Berke Addition goes under water. Even though these people have a lot a practice from past floods its always a dangerous boat ride.
Kevin Pierce: "You are dealing with rapid currents, you are dealing with trees floating through, you are dealing with ice coming through.
There's an effort to build a bridge on a road just down stream that would allow residents access by car during high water years but that is still in the planning stages.
Pierce: We are hoping to get it started and built this year. I don't know at this point that that is going to happen, but we are still pushing towards it. We can get everything done."
The proposed public bridge would be paid for with private money from the 54 property owners. It is estimated to cost around $1.6 million.
Pierce: "If it doesn't come in on budget then we are in trouble that way and people will have to still be using their boats.
Pierce says the biggest risk of having the road under water is the lack of emergency services. That problem could be solved with a bridge as well. Bids on the bridge could be taken next month.