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Mississippi River nearing moderate flood stage

March 24, 2019 07:45 AM

The Mississippi River is expected to reach moderate flood stage Sunday.

The rising water levels, currently above 14 feet in Ramsey County, would affect cities including St. Paul and Hastings.

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Saturday, Ramsey County officials increased flood preparation efforts. Search and rescue boats were readied for deployment and deputies took turns running search and rescue drills. 

RELATED: Water patrols prepare for flood waters in Ramsey County

Cmdr. Eric Bradt, with the Ramsey County Sheriff Water Patrol division, said authorities have been monitoring areas of concern, including where rising water levels have pushed onto walking paths and into parking lots.

"With the higher water that you get on the river, which is higher than it's been in a few years, you see it's hugging the tree lines so we're going to get a lot of full-sized trees and debris floating down," Bradt said.

As a result of rising water levels, St. Paul city officials have issued some road closures, starting at 10 p.m. Sunday:

  • Warner/Shepard Road from Childs Road to Ontario Street (a private road, just east of Shepard Road and Eagle Parkway).
  • 2nd Street from Kellogg Boulevard to Sibley Street.
  • 4th Street from Willius to Commercial Street.
  • Jackson Street from Warner Road to Kellogg Boulevard.
  • Sibley Street from Warner Road to Kellogg Boulevard.

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