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Mississippi River expected to produce moderate flooding in St. Paul

It's expected to reach flood stage on Saturday night.

A flood warning has been issued for the Mississippi River in St. Paul, effective beginning Saturday night and lasting until further notice. 

The National Weather Service says river stage is currently at 10.8 feet and expected to surpass the 14-foot flood stage on Saturday night, rising to near 15.5 feet by Tuesday. 

At 13.3 feet, water begins to threaten Water Street in St. Paul, and at 14 feet portions of Lilydale Park begin to see flooding, as shown by the red marker in the map below. 

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It is not expected to cause major flooding at this time. 

Other rivers producing moderate flooding

Two rivers are either experiencing or expected to experience moderate flooding, which is a step above minor flooding. 

The Mississippi River near Hastings was at 12.9 feet Wednesday morning and is expected to rise above its 15-foot flood stage by Friday afternoon, to near 17.4 feet by next Wednesday. 

The Cottonwood River near New Ulm is already pushing moderate flood waters. It was already nearly four feet above flood stage and will rise to 15.1 feet overnight into Thursday before falling below flood levels on Monday. 

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The NWS says "little if any precipitation" is expected until early next week, but any additional rainfall can cause river levels to rise higher than predicted. 

Rivers producing minor flooding

  • Minnesota River at Mankato affecting Blue Earth and Nicollet counties
  • Minor flooding expected along the Minnesota River in Savage.
  • South Fork Crow River below Mayer affecting Carver County
  • Mississippi River near Hastings L/D 2 affecting Dakota, Washington and Pierce counties
  • Chippewa River at Durand affecting Buffalo and Pepin counties
  • Redwood River near Redwood Falls affecting Redwood County
  • Minnesota River at Montevideo affecting Chippewa, Lac qui Parle and Yellow Medicine counties
  • Minnesota River at Henderson MN19 affecting Le Sueur, Scott and Sibley counties
  • Minnesota River near Jordan affecting Carver and Scott counties

As of 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, the DNR has listed 58 river locations across the state with "very high" water levels. 

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