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Published April 14, 2011, 07:40 PM

Red River at Grand Forks Appears to Have Crested

It looks like the Red River at Grand Forks and East Grand Forks crested Thursday at a level of 49.67 ft. That would make it the third highest crest ever recorded on the river.

By: WDAZ Staff Report, WDAZ

It looks like the Red River at Grand Forks and East Grand Forks crested Thursday at a level of 49.67 ft. That would make it the third highest crest ever recorded on the river. In 1897, it crested at 50.2 ft., and in 1997, it was 54.35 ft.

At 8:30 p.m. Thursday, the river was at 49.49 ft. It could fluctuate higher or lower tonight and Friday, though.

The National Weather Service had previously called for a crest as high as 52 ft., but lowered that to 50, and then 49.8 ft. Wednesday.

While the water looks like it's stopped rising, traffic is still affected, with two of three bridges connecting the cities still closed. The Kennedy Bridge on Gateway Drive is still open.

The Point Bridge opens when water levels hit between 40 to 41 feet. The Sorlie Bridge opens between 43.5 to 44.5 feet. The bridges won't be opened right as the river hits those levels, though, because inspections will have to be done to ensure the bridges are safe and weren't damaged by water or debris.

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