Flood forecasters at the Twin Cities NWS are burning the midnight oil these days. New flood forecasts late Tuesday evening predict that the Mississippi River in St. Paul will now reach major flood stage and now see a potential crest near 17 feet by next Tuesday.
Previous forecasts had only moderate flooding expected. The new higher forecast could once again put Harriet Island at risk for being inundated by floodwaters early next week.
Flood Impacts: Mississippi River at St. Paul
18.0 Warner Road may become impassable due to high water.
17.5 Harriet Island begins to become submerged.
17.0 Secondary flood walls are deployed at St Paul Airport.
14.0 Portions of the Lilydale park area begin to experience flooding.
Forecasters also raised the crest forecast for the south fork of the Crow River in Mayer late Tuesday. The river surged more than 3 feet since Monday, and is now expected to crest higher than the previous 15 foot forecast at 15.5 feet.
Flood Impacts: Crow River near Mayer
16.5 Water encroaching on State Highway 25 between State Highway 7 and Carver County Road 122.
16.0 Yale Avenue between Carver County Road 30 and 78th Street is closed. 62nd Street west of County Road 33 to Yancy Avenue is closed.
14.5 The bridge on 84th Street is closed. 42nd Street between Tacoma Avenue and County Road 123 is closed. Carver County road 23 just north of Mayer and Carver County Road 27 in Watertown is closed. Carver County Road 32 from County Road 135 to Vega Avenue is closed.
13.5 Vega Avenue between Carver County Road 32 and 86th Street is closed. Carver County Road 30 west of Yancy Avenue to McLeod County line is closed.
12.0 Mill Avenue is closed north of Watertown from Carver County Road 10 to the Wright County line. Yancy Avenue between Carver County Road 30 and 78th Street is closed. Vega Avenue between Carver County Road 33 and 94th Street is closed. The intersection of Union Avenue and 82nd Street is closed.
11.0 Carver County Road 123 north of State Highway 7 to 42nd Street near Watertown is closed.
Crow exceeds flood of record at Cosmos:
One reason the Crow is rising quickly down stream in Mayer, Watertown and Delano this week is that the river has set a new record flood level upstream in Cosmos. According to the NWS hydrograph below, the Crow hit 17.1 feet on Monday exceeding the previous flood of record of 16.9 feet.
Rivers are rising rapidly and forecasts are changing frequently as conditions change. Get the latest river levels and forecast below.