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Elm Street Reopens to Traffic

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Water over Fargo's Elm Street on Monday, April 28 Water over Fargo's Elm Street on Monday, April 28

The flood waters have receded and Elm Street from 14th to 15th Avenue reopened around 2:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9. The road closed on Monday, April 28 after several days of rain caused the Red River to rise to moderate flood stage.

The National Weather Service is predicting the Red River in Fargo will reach moderate flood stage, approximately 25.7 feet, by Friday, May 2. The Valley News  Live StormTeam says the rivers will be higher with this week's rain than during the spring melt.

No emergency flood protection measures are expected to be taken during this flood event however the Public Works Department will be closing storm sewer gates and Fargo storm sewer lift stations will become operational. Elm Street between 14th and 15th Avenues is expected to be closed Monday evening. The North Broadway Bridge will likely close when the river reaches 22-23 feet. A public announcement will be made if this bridge closes.

The floating bridge at Dike East was removed on Monday morning by City of Moorhead staff due to the projected high water this week.  The bridge will be reinstalled once the river gets back down to a 16'-17' level.

Water is also closing down a street in Grand Forks, ND. The City of Grand Forks closed 55th Avenue S. between S. Washington Street and Cherry Street on Monday. Detour signage will be in place for an alternate route in the area.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) and the Minnesota State Highway Patrol closed Highway 75 near Kent, Minnesota just after 2:30 Monday afternoon due to flooding. Traffic will detour to Wilkin County Road 3 and Wilkin County Road 26. Highway 75 will remain Closed until further notice.

MnDOT reminds drivers that when a road is closed, it is illegal to travel in that area. Motorists can be fined up to $1,000 and/or 90 days in jail. If travelers need to be rescued from a closed road, other expenses and penalties will apply.

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