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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Red Lake River may have crested

  • While the State of Minnesota has activated its emergency operations center because of all the stormy, rainy weather, while people are sandbagging along the shores of lakes and other waterways in all corners of the state, and while many docks are under water in lakes country southeast of Crookston, there isn't a lot of drama i...
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  • While the State of Minnesota has activated its emergency operations center because of all the stormy, rainy weather, while people are sandbagging along the shores of lakes and other waterways in all corners of the state, and while many docks are under water in lakes country southeast of Crookston, there isn’t a lot of drama involving the Red Lake River’s rise in Crookston because of all the precipitation that’s fallen of late across the watershed.
    National Weather Service hydrologists have issued a flood warning for Crookston because the river has exceeded a depth of 15 feet, which is the level at which it would spill over its banks if no levees were in place. But as Crookston residents are aware, the vast majority of low-lying areas in the community are now protected to a river level of around 30 feet because of the new levee system in place.
    At press time Tuesday, the Red Lake River was at a fraction over 17 feet and is expected to crest later Tuesday at around 17.4 feet. At that point, it’s expected to begin dropping until it’s at the 10 to 11-foot range next Monday. That outlook for the local river could change if more significant rains fall, however.

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