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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Waters Rising Again

Red Wing during Spring flood

The Mississippi River is expected to rise again and have a second crest next week.  Considering the amount of rain we’ve recently received and future water level predictions, we expect the river to reach flood stage again this weekend. City of Red Wing Emergency Operations and Public Works staff met to begin preparing for this event and would like to share the following information. 

In Red Wing, flood stage occurs at 14 feet.  Today, the Mississippi River in Red Wing is at 13 feet and is predicted to reach flood stage by Sunday or Monday.  NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) predictions indicate 15 feet will be reached by Thursday, April 24, 2019. 

One notable difference related to the timing of the second crest is the impact to boaters on the Mississippi River.  The boat launches at both Bay Point and Covill Park are closed.     

Public Works will be closing the following this weekend:

  • Levee Road from Pottery Pond to the round-a-bout. This is the area by Ole Miss Marina and Bay Point Park.
  • East Fifth Street by the entrance to Barn Bluff/He Mni Can and Red Wing Conservation Club (Isaac Walton) or the Waste Water Treatment Plant.

Please remember that it is dangerous and illegal to drive around barricades.

The City continues to have their lot at 2050 Levee Road available for residents to return sandbags. The lot can be accessed by vehicles, regardless of partial road closures in that area.

Residents who wish to follow these events more closely can visit the following sites:

All inquiries regarding flooding events and their impact in Red Wing should be directed to Laura Blair Johnson, Public Information Officer for the City of Red Wing at laura.blair@ci.red-wing.mn.us or 651.385.3699

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