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Red River of the North at East Grand Forks Stage (ft)USGS--Water Resources of the United StatesEGFM5(plotting HGIR2) Graph Created (2:32AM Mar 4, 2015)Flood Stage is 28 ft
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NOTE: Forecasts for the Red River of the North at East Grand Forks are issued as needed during times of high water, but are not routinely available.

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Flood Categories (in feet)
Major Flood Stage: 46
Moderate Flood Stage: 40
Flood Stage: 28
Action Stage: 27
Low Stage (in feet): 0

Historic Crests
(1) 54.35 ft on 04/22/1997
(2) 50.20 ft on 04/10/1897
(3) 49.86 ft on 04/14/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Recent Crests
(1) 41.17 ft on 04/30/2013
(2) 23.47 ft on 03/19/2012
(3) 49.86 ft on 04/14/2011
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(P): Preliminary values subject to further review.

Low Water Records
(1) 0.10 ft on 09/02/1977

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63 Top of flood walls for Grand Forks, North Dakota.
60 Top of the levee constructed by Corps of Engineers for City of Grand Forks.
57 East grand Forks...Mallory Bridge closes.
55 East Grand Forks...Close Business 2 with earth closures.
54.4 Record flood level.22 April 1997...from floodmarks.
53.5 East Grand Forks...Close Hwy 220 with earth closures.
53 Top of the rails on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Bridge over the Red River.
52.6 Water on Gateway Drive approach to Kennedy Bridge in East Grand Forks.
52 East Grand Forks...Close Railroad at US 2 with earth closure. Close Kenned Bridge with earth closure.
50.1 East Grand Forks...Hill St closures to be assembled.
48.5 East Grand Forks...2nd Av NE at 2nd St NE closure to be constructed. Bygland Rd at Murray Bridge closure to be assembled. Muray Br closes.
47 Begin Railroad closure if water is expected to rise to over 50 feet.
46.5 East Grand Forks...12th St. NW Rd. closure to be assembled. River Rd/4th St NW closed from 17th St NW to 5th Av NW.
46.2 Water on Demers Avenue at Sorlie Bridge.
46 Major Flood Stage.
45 Sorlie Bridge...Demers Avenue is closed.Top of the elevation of the low level levee protecting Riverside Park.
44.9 Water on East Grand Forks approach to the Point Bridge.
44 East Grand Forks...River Rd. & 17th St. NW closure to be assembled.
43.5 East Grand Forks...DeMers Ave closure to be assembled. Sorlie Bridge closes. Downtown invisiblel floodwall to be assembled. DeMers Ave closed at River St.
42 Road entering Riverside Park is closed.
41.5 Flood gates on English Coulee are closed, pump station and diversion gates are activated.
40 Moderate flood stage. Extensive flooding along greenway for Grand Forks.East Grand Forks...Point Bridge closes. Eagles Point Trail Head & park closes.
38 Flood gates are closed in Grand Forks and storm water pumping stations are activated.
36.5 East Grand Forks...River Heights Trail Head & park closes.
34 East Grand Forks...4th St underpass at Gateway Drive (HWY 2) closes.
33 Agricultural flooding begins along the Red River of the North between Grand Forks (River Mile 296) and Oslo (RIver Mile 271).
28 Flood warning stage...minor.Bank full stage.
27 Forecast Service Stage.
23 GF & EGF Drought Contingency Plan kicks in at 23 cfs.
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Latitude: 47.926944° N, Longitude: 97.028333° W, Horizontal Datum: NAD83/WGS84

River Stage
Reference Frame
Gauge Height Flood Stage Uses
NWS stage 0 ft 28 ft Interpreting hydrographs and NWS watch, warnings, and forecasts, and inundation maps
Vertical Datum Elevation
(gauge height = 0)
(gauge height = flood stage)
Elevation information source
NAVD88 Not Available Not Available Survey grade GPS equipment, FEMA flood plain maps, newer USGS topographic maps
NGVD 29 779 ft 807 ft Older USGS topographic maps, NGVD29 benchmarks
MSL Not Available Not Available Older USGS topographic maps, MSL benchmarks
Other Not Available Not Available  

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