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VIDEO: Flooding closes parks, trails in Champlin and Anoka; NWS issues flood warning

Updated: January 13, 2020 10:12 PM

Flooding has closed two parks in Champlin, city officials said Monday.

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Galloway Park and Mississippi Point Park will be closed until further notice due to the Mississippi River overflowing its banks.

The city said the path that runs under Highway 169 near the intersection with West River Road is also closed.

The National Weather Service on Monday issued a flood warning for the Mississippi River at Highway 169 in Champlin, citing ice jamming as the reason for rising river levels.

As of 8:30 a.m., the river level was at 13 feet, according to the NWS, which is one foot above the flood stage. The NWS said it expects the river to gradually fall unless an ice jam breaks and causes a more drastic fall in the water level.

The flooding was most impactful at the Riverview Estates apartment complex, where the parking lot that boarders the river was submerged in partially-frozen river water.

Ryan Larson, who was visiting a friend over the weekend, spent most of the day towing cars from the water.

"I didn't think I'd have a prayer getting those vehicles out, but I got lucky," Larson said.

Other residents said they are already worried about the spring thaw seeing the flooding happening in January.

"When everything's melting, it's just going to go up to our buildings," said resident Tricia Tidemanson. "I live on first floor so I'm a little worried."

The city of Anoka also said the river overflowing its banks flooded trails along the Mississippi and Rum rivers, closing the trails that run near the river in Akin Riverside Park, Mississippi River Community Park and the Mississippi River Trail.

"I couldn't believe it, we were just walking down the street, looked across the shore at the Champlin shore, I thought, 'My goodness, that looks high,' came over here to take a closer look. This is truly remarkable," said Kevin Fitzpatrick, who lives in Anoka.

The river rose nearly 8 feet since Sunday morning, Anoka Police Chief Eric Peterson said, causing city officials to prepare for possible flooding in neighborhoods.

The city cautioned residents to stay off the trails and not venture onto the ice.


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