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Published April 25, 2013, 10:41 PM

Red River flood prep begins

Flood preparations have begun on both sides of the Red River. Grand Forks and East Grand Forks are taking precautionary measures and are making sure those who may be soon surrounded by water have access to safety supplies.

Flood preparations have begun on both sides of the Red River. Grand Forks and East Grand Forks are taking precautionary measures and are making sure those who may be soon surrounded by water have access to safety supplies.

As flood walls went up today on the east side those in Grand Forks who, unfortunately, aren't protected by flood walls and dikes are preparing for what might happen if they become trapped.

As of tonight the worst case scenario would be if waters top off at 49-point-6 feet.

Lynn Stauss, East Grand Forks Mayor: "But remember in 1997, they predicted 49.6 and it went up to 53 feet so you're better to be safe than sorry and that's what we're trying to do here."

Mayor Stauss watched as flood walls went up today in East Grand Forks.

Stauss: "At certain elevations you're supposed to do certain things, close this, close that."

To be safe, protection went up a week early.

Gary Larson, Fire Chief: "They say the flows are going to increase tremendously over the weekend."

And for folks in Grand Forks, Sheriff Bob Rost and his staff are storing water rescue supplies near 62nd Avenue as well as a fire truck fully stocked with necessities should people's homes become surrounded by flood waters.

Rost: "We're doing everything we can to make sure we're there for them"

People on the wet side of the Burke aren't in panic mode just yet, this isn't their first go-around.

Rost: "The people out there are pretty resilient, a lot of them have been there many years and they're used to this.

But if the homes become inundated with water, law enforcement will go into survival mode.

Rost: "We actually boat to each and every location out there and we check the houses and if people want to go we'll get them out."

Flood walls in East Grand Forks are not up to the full height which would take the waters up to 58 feet, because of course that major of a flood is not predicted. Supply stores have also been set up near Manvel.

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