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Published April 13, 2011, 04:57 PM

Area River Levels and Forecast (04/13)

UPDATED 10 P.M.

Grand Forks

The Red River at Grand Forks/East Grand Forks was at 49.45 ft. at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday. Major flood stage is 46 ft.

The National Weather Service has decreased its expected level for the Red by a foot, now saying it should reach 51 ft. by Thursday. NWS projects it start recede to near 47 ft. by around Tuesday.

The last remaining bridge open between the cities is the Kennedy Bridge on Gateway Drive. It's protected to about 52 ft., but should the Red rise higher than expected, an earthen levee can be constructed on the East Grand Forks side to protect the bridge to 54 ft.

East Grand Forks Point area residents will have to use the Mallory Bridge off of U.S. Highway 2 at County Road 58 and Highway 220 South.

The flood walls in GF/EGF protect the cities up to 60 ft.

Fargo

The Red at Fargo was at 37.09 ft. at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday. The Weather Service says it crested at 38.75 ft. last weekend. It continues to slowly recede, but should remain in major flood stage for at least a week.

In 2009, it crested at 40.8 ft., which was a record.

NWS projects it could be down to about 34 ft. by Tuesday.

Other area levels

From south to north, updated as of 10 p.m.

Red River at Wahpeton: 14.1 ft. Flood stage: 10 ft. Projected to drop below major flood stage, 14 ft. by sometime late Wednesday, but will remain around that level for a week or so.

Wild Rice River at Abercrombie: 22.95 ft. Flood stage: 10 ft. Projected to recede, dropping to around 19 ft. by Tuesday.

Sheyenne River at Kindred: 21.12 ft. Flood stage: 16 ft. Projected to stay around 21 ft. for at least a week. Record stage is 22.3 ft.

Sheyenne River at Lisbon: 16.87 ft. Flood stage: 15 ft. Projected to rise to 20.5 ft. by early next week. Major flood stage is 19 ft. Record is 22.9 ft.

Maple River at Enderlin: 12.24 ft. Flood stage: 9.5 ft. NWS projects continued receding. Could be below flood stage by early next week.

South Buffalo River at Sabin: 13.87 ft. Flood stage: 12 ft. Moderate flood stage is 15 ft. Major is 19 ft. Could be below flood stage by early next week.

Buffalo River at Hawley: 8.83 ft. Flood stage: 7 ft. Projected to remain in flood stage for at least a week.

Maple River near Mapleton: 907.84 ft. (Above sea level) Flood stage: 905 ft. Major flood stage is 910 ft. Projected to stay around moderate flood stage, 908 ft., for a week or more.

Buffalo River near Dilworth: 20.91 ft. Flood stage: 12 ft. Projected to level off and start to recede later Thursday.

Sheyenne River at Harwood: 891.39 ft. Flood stage: 884 ft. Projected to remain in major flood stage, which is 891 ft., for at least a week. I-29 from Fargo to just south of Hillsboro was closed Sunday due to water spilling over onto the roadway. Motorists could use Highway 18 and 200 through Casselton.

Sheyenne River at Valley City: 20.48 ft. Flood stage: 15 ft. Projected to rise to 20.5 ft., by Thursday. Record stage is 20.7 ft. Record flood stage is 20.7 ft. The city began adding clay to the levee, which should protect properties up to 22.5 ft. Patients at Mercy Hospital were evacuated Tuesday night as a precaution.

Wild Rice River at Hendrum: 32.81 ft. Flood stage: 20 ft. Projected to rise slightly before receding Friday. Major flood stage is 32 ft. NWS projects the river to recede below that stage by early next week.

Red River at Halstad: 40.18 ft. Flood stage: 26 ft. Projected to slowly recede, possibly down to 39 ft. by Tuesday. Record flood stage is 40.7 ft.

Goose River at Hillsboro: 12.97 ft. Flood stage: 10 ft. Projected to continue receding. The record stage is 16.8 ft. NWS projects it could recede to below flood stage by the weekend.

Marsh River at Shelly: 21.66 ft. Flood stage: 14 ft. Projected to continue receding, dropping to around 18 ft. by Tuesday. Could be below moderate flood stage, 20 ft., by the weekend.

Sandhill River at Climax: 34.54 ft. Flood stage: 20 ft. NWS projects it to start receding after Thursday. Major flood stage is 30 ft. Record stage is 39.4 ft. According to NWS, at 34 ft. the lift station at the north end of town is threatened, along with several homes. NWS projects the river to begin receding by Friday. Could be below major flood stage, 30 ft., by early next week.

Red Lake River at Crookston: 18.49 ft. Flood stage: 15 ft. Projected to recede to below flood stage by the weekend.

Red River at Oslo: 38 ft. Flood stage: 26 ft. Projected to rise to 38 ft. and stay high for at least a week. State Highway 1 was closed Tuesday night. There are no roads left open leading into Oslo. The top of the permanent downstream levee is 41.2 ft.

Devils Lake at Creel Bay: 1452.21 ft. (record)

Stump Lake: 1452.13 ft.

Park River at Grafton: 12.54 ft. Flood stage: 12 ft. Projected to stay in flood stage until Friday. Major flood stage is 14.5 ft. Record is 16.5 ft.

Red River at Drayton: 40.78 ft. Flood stage: 32 ft. Projected to rise to 44 ft. by Tuesday. Major flood stage is 42 ft., and the record stage is 45.5 ft.

Two Rivers River at Hallock: 808.18 ft. Flood stage: 802 ft. Projected to rise slightly before starting to recede Friday. Could drop below moderate flood stage, 806 ft., by late Saturday.

Pebmina River at Walhalla: 11.61 ft. Flood stage: 11 ft. Projected to rise to 16.5 ft., within moderate flood stage, by Monday. Major flood stage is 18 ft. Record is 19.2 ft.

Pembina River at Neche: 21.17 ft. Flood stage: 18 ft. Major flood stage is 20.5 ft. NWS projects a rise to 21.5 ft. by early next week. Record flood stage is 24.5 ft.

Red River at Pembina: 46.69 ft. Flood stage: 42 ft. Projected to rise to 51.2 ft. by Wednesday. Major flood stage is 52 ft. Record stage is 54.9 ft. The top of the permanent levee is protected up to 57.3 ft.

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