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Mississippi River ice jam causing flooding in Champlin at Highway 169

A couple of parks and have been closed due to the rising river levels.

An ice jam on the Mississippi River has prompted a flood warning for Anoka and Hennepin counties, with the flooding happening at Hwy. 169 in Champlin. 

According to the National Weather Service, the river's flood stage was at 13.07 feet (as of 10:30 a.m. Monday), with minor flooding occurring. 

"Due to the Mississippi River overflowing its banks, both Galloway Park and Mississippi Point Park will be closed until further notice," the City of Champlin said Monday morning. "The path that runs underneath Highway 169 near the Highway 169/West River Road intersection is also closed."

From the National Weather Service:

"This river forecast is based on expected ice jamming on the river, which has led to exacerbated river levels. A gradual release of water is expected unless the ice jam breaks, which would result in a more drastic fall. The National Weather Service will monitor this developing situation and issue followup statements as conditions or forecasts change."

You can follow the latest water levels of the Mississippi River at Hwy. 169 in Champlin right here

Here are more photos of the elevated river levels and flooding, courtesy of the City of Champlin. 

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