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Red River threatens East Grand Forks with major flooding

The water level is expected to rise 8 feet in the coming days.

The Red River of the North is expected to rise significantly in the days ahead, and residents of East Grand Forks are preparing.

The city will shut down the Sorlie Bridge at Demers Avenue at noon Monday to accommodate floodwall construction, the city announced Sunday

Water levels are at a hair under 40 feet - considered minor flood stage, but serious enough to begin impacting bridges and roads. However, the water is expected to rise significantly.

The National Weather Service is projecting the Red River to reach major flood stage (46 feet) by Wednesday night, and reach 48 feet by Friday.

Red River of the North at East Grad Forks as of April 8, 2019.

Red River of the North at East Grad Forks as of April 8, 2019.

If the river exceeds 48 feet, it would mark the sixth-highest crest on record. The highest, 54.35 feet, came in 1997.

The Sorlie Bridge is one of main bridges across the Red River and into Grand Forks, North Dakota. The city says Point Bridge is also likely to close soon because of flooding.

They're recommending people use Highway 2/Gateway Drive or the Thompson Bridge south of East Grand Forks to cross.

You can see a list of different flood cations taken at different Red River levels here.

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