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Published April 01, 2011, 12:30 AM

Crookston Near Minor Flood Stage With Almost 15 Feet of Water

The Red Lake River is near 15 feet, which is minor flood stage for Crookston. This is the stage where the city monitors river levels, pumps and gates. It is going to take around five more feet of water before the city gets more aggressive.

The Red Lake River is near 15 feet, which is minor flood stage for Crookston.

Looking back to just weeks ago, no water in sight, sandbags were layed on top of snow-covered ground in Crookston.

"Unfortunately our community has had to get good at fighting floods," said City Administrator Aaron Parrish about the early beginning to the flood fight.

So good, nobody is even flinching at the latest flood warning.

"We're right around 15 feet. The point where water is on our levees and on the banks of the river," said Parrish.

This is the stage where the city monitors river levels, pumps and gates. It is going to take around five more feet of water before the city gets more aggressive.

"We open our emergency operations center and begin active monitoring of our levees," he said.

City officials have learned a lot from last year's rapid melt and early flood warning. They are not going to look at crests until April because they are having an ideal slow melt.

After weekend precipitation, there will be even more snow that could add to water levels.

"Well, the river isn't going up very fast so maybe it will plateau soon. But, with this bad weather, you never know," said Don Peterson, who lives in Crookston.

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