Saturday, April 9, 2011

Spring Flooding Along the Upper Mississippi River

Mississippi River Floodwaters on the Rise

The Upper Mississippi River has filled the bottoms along the dike road between Nelson, Wisconsin and Wabasha, Minnesota - and many of the farm fields in the area.  Over the past three days it's continued to rise.

I drove across the dike road Thursday afternoon and snapped the photo on the left.  Normally the Refuge sign is about 5-feet from the ground.  This morning, I had trouble finding it - it's totally submerged.

Looking Up-River at Beach Park

Beach Park, at the west end of Wabasha, MN is flooded and the campground empty of RVs.

CR 84 to Weaver Dunes

"Road closed" signs are up at Pembroke Ave and US 61 - by the AmericInn - and down in Kellogg at County 84, where the Mississippi River backed up into the wetlands and over the road.

County Road 84 in Kellogg

Tonight's forecast is rain.  More flooding is expected on the Upper Mississippi and on the Lower Chippewa River in Durand, Wisconsin.

Heading towards Floodstage in Durand

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