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Area Rivers Continue to Rise

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Just 2 days after Lake Minnetonka set a record high level at 950.68 feet in elevation, area rivers continue to climb as watershed basins finish draining into the main waterways. Many rivers across central and eastern Minnesota are above flood stage or awfully close, and with more rain expected Friday night and Saturday, these large flows of water may continue to get bigger. Flooding is occurring on parts of the Crow, Sauk, and Mississippi rivers with the Minnesota and St. Croix high enough to create issues and no wake zones. Despite the high water, providing that widespread heavy rain does not occur Friday night and early Saturday (which doesn’t look likely) then river levels should be peaking over the weekend and early next week. It could be July before river levels are low enough to mitigate damage from wakes, and that’s providing we have normal or below normal precipitation. If our wet trend continues, then this could become the summer with no boat season… but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Below is a look at river levels for 4 different locations across the area. The name of the river and the location it was measured is on the top followed by water level and flood stage information…


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