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NWS issues flood warning for Cannon River

The National Weather Service anticipates river levels will remain at Minor Flood Stage for several days this week.

NORTHFIELD, Minn. — Editor's note: The vide above first aired on KARE 11 on March 27, 2023.

The National Weather Service Twin Cities has issued a Flood Warning for the Cannon River at Northfield, as melting snow and early spring precipitation continue to play a role in rising river levels.

The flood warning, which went into effect Tuesday morning, remains until Friday afternoon.

As of 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 4, the latest observed level on the Cannon River at Northfield was 896.6 feet. Minor flood stage is 897 feet.

The NWS forecasts the river will reach 898 feet on Thursday, April 6 and expects levels to slowly drop to below minor flood stage by April 11.

Credit: National Weather Service
Cannon River at Northfield river levels

When river levels reach 897.5 feet, soccer fields at nearby Carleton College will begin to flood, along with Babcock Park, the NWS said in its warning.

About three miles south of Northfield in Dundas, Rory Rice shared a photo of the Cannon River flooding his backyard. Water levels reached the bottom of a tire swing hanging from a nearby tree.

Credit: Rory Rice
Cannon River flooding in Dundas

But the Cannon River isn't the only one at risk for flooding this spring.

The latest long-range outlook from the National Weather Service said the threat of major flooding remains high along portions of the St. Croix and Mississippi Rivers in the Twin Cities metro.

"Most locations on the Mississippi from St. Cloud downstream are likely to reach moderate flood stage, with sites from St. Paul to Red Wing more likely to reach Major Flood Stage," NWS forecasters said.

In Stillwater, where experts say there's an 80% chance the St. Croix will reach major flood stage, volunteers started sandbagging last week.

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