CREST WATCH: MnDOT warns of Minnesota River risks - KMSP-TV

CREST WATCH: MnDOT warns of Minnesota River risks

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CHASKA, Minn. (KMSP) -

Many rivers and streams in and around the metro are still swollen from the heavy rains, but a few -- the Minnesota and Mississippi -- will crest in the next few hours, and that is a big attraction in Chaska.

In a way, it's a sort of surreal spectator sport. An evening summer stroll becomes a way to watch and wonder as the Minnesota River runs amok, but officials say that curiosity must stay anchored on the banks.

A close look shows just how quickly the current is moving, and police say a couple of kids have already tried to go swimming by the massive log jam at the bridge. Over at the athletic field that looks more like an aquatic park these days, someone went jet skiing. Now, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is worried that someone will go around the barricades on Highway 41 just like one person did in 2001. Their body was never found.

The Minnesota River is expected to crest in Chaska sometime on Thursday, and it may turn out to be the third highest recorded level in history, just a fraction behind the summer rain event of 1993 and a couple feet lower than the historic spring flooding of 1965. Whatever the final measurement, however, it is still epic to witness even though it is not wise to wade.

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