2019 flooding: The Mississippi River in St. Paul is no longer rising

The water crested Sunday and is on its way down.
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Flooding in St. Paul on March 31, 2019.

Flooding in St. Paul on March 31, 2019.

The Mississippi River in St. Paul is finally on its way down.

After a week of rising flood waters that submerged walkways and led to multiple street closures, the river crested at 19.83 feet Sunday, according to USGS figures posted by the National Weather Service. That's the eighth-highest measurement ever at the site.

Now, the swelling will subside.

The NWS expects the water to slowly drop. By April 8, it should be down by about 2 feet. This chart shows the progress:

Even at that point however, the river will still be above the city's "major flood stage" threshold of 17 feet. Harriet Island will still be at least partially underwater, while Lilydale Park and Water Street remain flooded for longer.

You can keep an eye on road closures here, and monitor the city's announcements here.

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While problems are subsiding in St. Paul, many areas of Minnesota are still underwater.

This was the scene on Saturday on a street in Clay County, northwestern Minnesota.

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