A temporary flood wall is being erected at the St. Paul Airport to keep back the rising Mississippi River.
It is the second time this year the barrier has been put in place. But unlike last spring when one runway was kept open, the airport will close entirely during this flood event.
Metro Airports Commission Spokesman Pat Hogan says that’s because this weekend’s flooding is expected to be short-lived. He expects the St. Paul Airport will reopen on Monday.
In the meantime, air traffic will be diverted to other reliever airports in the area. The Mississippi River in St. Paul is expected to crest at 18 1/2 feet on Saturday. That’s 4 1/2 feet above flood stage.