More flooding on Minnesota rivers with 'growing concern' for more heavy rain

Hwy. 41 in Chaska may need to be closed, the National Weather Service says.
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River levels are rising and reaching flood stages in areas all across the southern two-thirds of Minnesota, the water levels are expected to continue rising on many rivers through next week, with more rain on the way. 

Currently, flood warnings have been issued by the National Weather Service for the following areas: 

  • Cottonwood River at New Ulm affecting Brown County
  • Minnesota River at Mankato affecting Blue Earth and Nicollet Counties
  • Minnesota River at Henderson MN19 affecting Le Sueur, Scott and Sibley Counties
  • Chippewa River at Durand affecting Buffalo and Pepin Counties
  • Redwood River near Redwood Falls affecting Redwood County
  • Minnesota River near Jordan affecting Carver and Scott Counties
  • Minnesota River at Savage affecting Dakota, Hennepin and Scott Counties
  • South Fork Crow River below Mayer affecting Carver County

The most significant of the above flood warnings appears to be the Minnesota River near Jordan, where flooding is currently minor but expected to become moderate with closures likely impacting the bridge at County Rd. 9 and Jonathan Carver Parkway.

If water levels rise to 29.5 feet as expected by Wednesday morning, it could close Hwy. 41 at Chaska. 

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Flooding from the Minnesota River could shut down Hwy. 19 between Henderson and Hwy. 169, which already happened in the spring. 

The NWS says there is a "growing concern" for more heavy rainfall early next week, which could worsen flooding in many areas. 

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This flooding is separate from the flash floods and severe weather that resulted in two death in Wisconsin last weekend after a extreme amounts of rain soaked the area. 

The Minnesota DNR has an interactive map that shows all of the gauges tracking river levels in the state, and all of the red markers below indicate levels are "very high." 

You can get more river flooding information, including timing of when rivers will crest and begin lowering, right here

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