A Look at Flooding for the Metro's 3 Major Rivers

Updated: 06/24/2014 5:26 PM
Created: 06/23/2014 12:01 PM
By: Megan Stewart

Flooded fields in southern Minnesota are a major factor to Twin Cities metro flooding, in addition to recent rainfall.

The Minnesota River makes a turn near Mankato and starts to flow northwest. It flows through the southwest metro before feeding into the Mississippi River in St. Paul.

The water in fields around Mankato is draining into the Minnesota River, KSTP Meteorologist Jonathan Yuhas says. This is causing the river to rise and contributing to rising water levels in connecting rivers. It has also raised water tables.

The metro has seen several rain events throughout last week and over the weekend. More is expected this coming weekend, Jonathan says.

Mississippi River

As of Monday, the Mississippi River is expected to crest Thursday at 20.5 feet. This is a 7 inch increase from Friday's crest prediction. The river reached major flood stage in St. Paul on Sunday morning at 17 feet.

Water predictions show the Mississippi is slower to rise than most rivers because of how big it is. However, this also means it will be slower to fall. Communities along the river that are affected by the water levels will see ramifications for several days after cresting.

Due to a trench, Minneapolis will not be affected much by rising water levels. The rain caused a hillside along the river near the University of Minnesota to collapse Thursday night, closing some roads and trails along the river.

Minnesota River

Swollen water levels on the Minnesota River have been affecting communities in the southwest metro.

As of Monday morning, the Minnesota was expected to crest Wednesday at 33 feet. Levels in Jordan were at 32.16 feet. The area started flooding at 25 feet on Thursday, reaching moderate flood stage Friday.

The thinner Minnesota River will see water levels lower faster than the Mississippi. After cresting, predications show the levels trending downwards as quickly as they rose. The river at Jordan could be out of moderate flood stage by next Tuesday.

Last week in Blakeley Township, just south of Jordan, a massive mudslide blocked part of a highway. As of Monday, getting in and out of the area is still a problem.

St. Croix River

The St. Croix River runs out of northwestern Wisconsin, an area that has not seen as much rain. Communities along the river will see the water slow to rise and slow to fall. The river has been under no-wake restrictions.

The river was expected to crest at 87.2 feet in Stillwater on Friday. The area will be in minor flood stage at 87 feet. This is actually a few inches less than Friday, when predictions showed the water would crest at 87.5 feet on Wednesday.

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