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Mississippi above Flood Stage in Wabasha, Winona

Updated: 06/23/2014 9:23 AM
Created: 06/23/2014 7:15 AM KSTP.com

The Mississippi River is above flood stage in some southeastern Minnesota communities.          

The river is about a foot over flood stage Monday in Wabasha, which is experiencing some minor flooding. The Mississippi is also above the flood stage downstream in Winona.

The river also continues to threaten some neighborhoods in St. Paul, rising more than 3 feet above flood stage. It’s taking a toll on many businesses that rely on the Mississippi.

Padelford Riverboats and other riverboat cruises have been forced to shut down at least through Wednesday. It’s especially difficult because many of the events – such as weddings – can’t be rescheduled.

Officials aren’t sure when the riverboat cruises will resume.

"It's a huge deal for us because we're a small family-run business and we're seasonal, so we only have five months of season,” Gus Gaspardo from Padelford Riverboats said. “This was the busiest 10-day stretch that we had booked through August.”

St. Paul crews are working to prepare for the impact the high water levels will have for all types of travelers in the state. They're reinforcing river docks in danger at Harriet Island and setting up barricades to keep people out of the high water.

At the St. Paul airport, Holman Field, preparations are in place to protect the runways. Right now, only one of three is open, so they're setting up a durable flood wall that will protect from flooding.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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