As expected, last week’s latest run of late winter storms that dumped several inches of wet snow on Crookston and throughout the Red River Basin has ramped up some spring flooding projections on the Red River and its tributaries.
One of those tributaries is the Red Lake River that winds its way through Crookston. Despite the greater chances for flooding projected by National Weather Service hydrologists in their latest spring flood outlook, Crookston Fire Chief/Emergency Manager Tim Froeber told the Times that Crookston remains in “good shape.”
The latest outlook projects a 25 percent chance that the Red Lake River in Crookston will reach a depth of 20.2 feet. That’s right around the level that Central Park would be inundated. The vast majority of the rest of the community’s low-lying areas are now protected to a crest of around 30 feet, thanks to a new levee system. Areas by the library and along Ash Street across from the American Legion are still vulnerable, however, and would potentially need to be sandbagged.
Meanwhile, Froeber said the ward command posts are still being prepped in case they need to be activated, and city staff late last week underwent emergency operations center training.
The latest NWS outlook factors in normal temperatures and precipitation. This week’s forecast includes a lot of clouds and the possibility for snow. Highs later in the week are expected to top 30 degrees.