Mississippi River Crests in St. Paul, More Rain Could Push it Higher

Updated: 06/27/2014 3:07 PM
Created: 06/26/2014 6:49 PM
By: Tim Sherno

Officials say the Mississippi River in St. Paul is cresting at 20 1/2 feet, but they remain guarded because more rain is predicted for the weekend.

This is the highest reading for the river since 2001, officials say.

Kevin Reed, the Homeland Security and Operations Branch Director at the Minnesota Department of Public Safety, says officials are watching the water and the weather.

"We're at the crest; we have to be aware of anything that could change that coming this weekend, but we're at the point where we've seen the high point and we're going to start moving into recovery and clean up," Reed said.

According to Rick Larkin, Emergency Management Director for the city of Saint Paul, flood issues can be expected to last beyond the weekend.

"The unfortunate part is that when I look at the National Weather Service graphs, they show us to be in flood stage all through the end of the graph, and that could  be July 3," Larkin said. "Each day I'm looking for that tail end of the water to go down."

Flooding has forced the St. Paul Police Department impound lot to be moved to the state fairgrounds. If you find yourself forced to go there, it’ll be open from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m. seven days a week.

In Carver County, emergency official say their preliminary estimates of damage to public infrastructure is $9.2 million and it is expected to rise. They say they're growing concerned that this weekend's rain event could also bring strong winds, which could topple tall trees that have been in standing water for days. 

The St. Croix River at Stillwater is set to crest at 87.6 feet Friday, which is 6 feet shy of the 1965 record. The Mississippi River in Hastings also crested overnight at more than 4 feet above flood stage.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

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