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Rivers Rise in Wake of Heavy Rain

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Now that the heavy rain is behind us, at least for the moment, we get to deal with the aftermath.  Area Rivers are on the rise, and while many will stay below flood stage, a few areas could deal with some minor flood issues.  So what?? A little minor flooding, what’s the big deal?  Well, this is when we really need to start paying attention.  After a meager, or in most cases, nonexistent flood season, rivers are now running near capacity which means that we are just one good storm away from the potential for significant river flooding.  I don’t want to sound like an alarmist, but it’s just simple knowledge and mental awareness that can often keep many of us out of danger as we head into prime severe weather season, which includes flooding and flash flooding.  Looks like the bulk of the high water will stay in parts of the Mississippi and Red River.  Much of western and central Minnesota was dry enough before this big rain event, to soak up much of the water and leave much of the Minnesota River several feet below flood stage.  So you want to watch out for the Mississippi mostly south of Wabasha… here is what it looks like and the predictions for the Wabasha area.

You go north of the metro, and it’s a similar story… here is the Mississippi at Fort Ripley.

Now, it looks like most metro locations will sit just below flood stage, but that just gives us very little wiggle room for future rainfall. Check out the Minnesota River at Savage.

Looks like it will crest late this weekend about 2 feet below flood stage… but more impressively is that it’s up almost 10 feet from just a week ago.  Things can change quickly… but the current forecast for May shows little change in the overall pattern, more on that in a future post.

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