The Red River at Grand Forks is expected to reach flood stage by Tuesday, and other rivers are on the rise after excessive rainfall doused the region.
But local officials said residents shouldn't no-tice much of an impact from the minor flooding.
The National Weather Service on Friday issued minor flood warnings for the Red River at East Grand Forks-Grand Forks and Oslo, Minn., the Red Lake River at Crookston and the Two Rivers River near Hallock, Minn.
The weather service says some areas along the U.S. Highway 2 corridor picked up 1.5 to 2.5 inches of rain Thursday and Friday morning, with several reports around 3 inches.
The weather service expects the Red River at Grand Forks to reach flood stage of 28 feet by Tuesday evening and rise to 28.5 feet Wednesday afternoon. But City Engineer Al Grasser said that river level isn't a big concern for the city.
"They have to watch a flap gate on the Riverside Pool, but other than that pretty much everything else is above those elevations," he said. "There's nothing of real significance."
Grasser said the city will "ratchet up" its alert level to watch for more rain as the river rises. The Red River was at 18.84 feet by 7:30 p.m. Friday.
But at these lower levels, he said, the only thing people will likely notice is the water approaching some of the city's lowest bike trails in Sunbeam and Lincoln parks.
"They may see some of those low-level trails get closed off for a period of time," he said.
The city doesn't need to worry about closing storm sewer gates unless the river approaches 38 to 40 feet, Grasser said, depending on the chances of more rain coming to the region.
"The good news is we've got some dry weather finally," he said.
Ryan Johnson is a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald, which is owned by Forum Communications Co.