The Red River is on the move in the northern valley. It's now on the rise from Grand Forks to the Canadian border at Pembina.
Thirty miles northwest of Grand Forks at Minto the sun is quickly turning a heavy snowpack into a likely flooding problem. Today, sandbags are being delivered to homeowners, as the Forest River here…. is expected to over flow it's banks.
Sam Shutt, Minto: "The Weather Service has told us we're possibly going to see a crest of 9-feet here, which pretty much runs the water down the street and floods the south end of town. They told us we could bank in maybe seeing 10-feet."
Most folks here already have individual dikes around their homes, but they'll have to sandbag entryways into garages.
Sam Shutt: "They're telling us Monday night… Tuesday morning."
All this water now lying on farm fields around this area will pickup it's pace with the temperature this weekend,as it rolls 17 miles east to the Red River… to places like Oslo.
The city of Oslo on the Red is already protected by a ring dike, but roads in and out…. could go under water. The current forecast calls for a level of 36 feet.
Scott Kosmatka, Oslo Mayor: "If it gets over that 36 mark it starts spilling over the dikes south of town and within a day or so it starts taking out our roads."
Reporter: "And Oslo becomes an island?"
Kosmatka: "Oslo becomes that infamous island."
The most dramatic demonstration of what's happening in the northern valley will likely happen in Grand Forks this weekend. The Red River here is forecast to rise 7-feet, between Friday night and Monday morning. And while the current forecast can easily be handled by the permanent flood protection system in Grand Forks, it remains to be seen what happens in outlying areas.
The Grand Forks County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is now open 8 am – 5 pm, 7 days a week until further notice. To contact the Grand Forks EOC call 701-780-8213.
Grand Forks County residents looking to get sandbags can contact the Grand Forks County Highway Department at 701-780-8248.