Mar
30
2006

The mighty Mississippi (and other rivers)

The National Weather Service has issued a flood statement for the Twin Cities area as of noon today.

Most of the snow still on the ground melted about a week ago, and the meltwater is just now entering streams and rivers as the ditches and culverts thaw. The ground is saturated and can't absorb much more moisture, so the runoff from the melting snow, combined with the the rain expected today and tomorrow, will cause rivers and streams to swell.

Flood stage on the Mississippi River at Saint Paul is at 14 feet. Today, we're at 5.6 feet, swelling to 7.1 feet on Monday.

The South Fork of the Crow River and the Cottonwood River will be close to flood stage by Monday.

The Long Prairie river is expected to crest on April 2 at 6.5 feet, half a foot past flood stage.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I was in the river gallery today and saw lots of trees and logs in the river? is that normal? what if they hit a boat?

posted on Thu, 04/06/2006 - 4:03pm
Chris's picture
Chris says:

It is totally normal! Actually most of the trees you saw from the river gallery probably came from the Minnesota River where it joins the Mississippi River at Fort Snelling.\r\n\r\nAs for hitting a boat- I guess that would depend on the size of the Boat! It could cause some serious damage- there are some pretty big trees moving very fast.

posted on Sat, 04/15/2006 - 8:38pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

Wow I would be scared if I hit a tree in a boat.

posted on Mon, 04/17/2006 - 1:46pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

I like the Mississippi River. It is a long river. the longest river in the world is the nile. We learned about that in social studies.

posted on Sat, 04/08/2006 - 3:50pm

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