Mississippi River nearing major flood stage near St. Paul

March 25, 2019 10:21 AM

Monday, the Minnesota Department of Public Safety is expected to release a flood update.

In St. Paul, the Mississippi River is expected to reach major flood stage Monday.


Over the weekend, Ramsey County officials increased flood preparation efforts. Search and rescue boats were readied for deployment and deputies took turns running search and rescue drills. Additionally, St. Paul city officials issued some road closures, which began at 10 p.m. Sunday.

RELATED: Mississippi River nearing moderate flood stage

Currently, officials are saying flooding is expected to worsen over the next few days. The Mississippi River is nearing 17 feet in St. Paul and is expected to top out at 20 feet later this week, making the list of top 10 highest crests in the area.

In addition to road closures, city officials have also blocked off access to several parks and boat launches and have moved their impound lot, due to flooding.

Another part of the city's flood plan is to build a temporary levee in targeted areas near Lowertown.

As for flooding statewide, ice jams and snow melts will continue this week. The DPS is also expected to explain more about statewide flood efforts and emergencies later Monday.

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