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Flooding hits Minneapolis, St. Paul

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Some ducks found a dry spot along the flooded Mississippi River near the University of Minnesota on Friday after history-making rains pelted the state. Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Record rainfall last week is having an entirely predictable impact: near-record floods this week in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Good coverage of the situation is provided by the New York Times and by local TV station KSTP Channel 5.  The KSTP story has really great video of the Mississippi flowing through the wide-open Upper St. Anthony Lock.

Reports are that the Mississippi will crest in St. Paul this week at the sixth-highest level on record, higher than any time since 2001.  Personally (and I’m not a hydrologist) I wonder if the big push through the Minnesota River has made it to St. Paul yet.  Parts of the Minnesota River watershed got 11 inches of rain last week–is that water yet in the major river systems?

Anyone with knowledge of how the flow is working through the Minnesota River system and what’s in store for St Paul feel free to help us out with a comment.

One more thing:  I don’t know what our high water means downstream.  Sure, the water will be higher as it moves through the corridor, but should Winona expect a flood?  Dubuque?

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  1. Bess GillelanJune 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Check out NOAA’s NWS River Forecast Center interactive maps of river observations and forecasts at each gauge, showing hydrographs and flood stage now and over the next week:
    Click on a river gauge button and a popup box will show you quick information; at the base of the window, click on “Hydrograph Page for xxxx” for a new popup; scroll down for historical crest information and more.
    Winona is projected to be at Moderate Flood stage (15.1 feet) between late Sunday through Wednesday. Dubuque is running in Minor Flood stage and will continue that way over the next week. bg

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