Every couple plans their wedding with the hope that it will be the perfect day. But flooding at Harriet Island in St. Paul is causing a lot of anxiety for some brides and grooms-to-be. So far, four weddings have been cancelled because of the swollen Mississippi River, and couples are scrambling to make last-minute changes.
During President Obama’s visit Thursday to the Twin Cities, Gov. Mark Dayton said he’ll ask for federal disaster help. A flood warning remains in effect for many Minnesota rivers, including the Mississippi River. It’s expected to crest Thursday night in St. Paul at 20.5 feet.
Walking up to Newport’s clay levee, which is holding back the rain-swollen Mississippi River, city administrator Deb Hill doesn’t like what she is seeing.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman declared a state of emergency Tuesday as the Mississippi River continues to rise there and create flooding issues. It’s the same situation in Ramsey County, and Harriet Island is under water.
Several pumps are keeping St. Paul’s floodwaters at bay. The ever-widening Mississippi River is attracting curious spectators like Barb Stahowiak. “I’d walk here almost every day during the fall flood, I think it was 2010, and it did not rise like this, not at all,” Stahowiak said.
Gov. Mark Dayton made the rounds of more Minnesota cities along flood-swollen rivers Tuesday to meet with emergency managers and local elected officials. Delano City Administrator Phil Kern told the governor a conservative estimate of damage from the Crow River is already at $250,000, about 10 percent of the city’s budget.
Officials around the state are reminding people to be careful in recreational waters as heavy rains have caused high water and rapid current. In Fillmore County, seven people were rescued from the Root River on Sunday after they experienced trouble while tubing.
The Mississippi River is above flood stage in some southwestern Minnesota communities. The river is about a foot over flood stage Monday in Wabasha (WAH’-bah-shaw) which is experiencing some minor flooding.
The Mississippi River is creeping up on downtown St. Paul, and it’s just one of many areas around the state being affected by flooding. The river there won’t crest until late next week but it’s already triggered road closures.
The Mississippi River won’t start to recede in St. Paul until the middle of next week. It’s already a foot above flood stage and could rise another four feet until it crests.
High water on the Mississippi River has forced the Minnesota Centennial Showboat to postpone a week of shows. The University of Minnesota says performances of “Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde” from June 20 to June 28 have been postponed. Tickets purchased for those performances will be honored for future dates.
From St. Louis Park to St. Paul — sandbags to mudslides– evidence of flooding is all over the metro. “The people who’ve been here years and years never seen it this bad,” said Tharcisse Mulfinger, of St. Louis Park.
A mudslide on a Mississippi River bluff just below a Minneapolis hospital narrowly missed two motorists on a nearby roadway. Minneapolis firefighters say no one was injured Thursday night and the hospital on the edge of the mudslide is stable.
A mudslide in Minneapolis caused evacuations and road closures Thursday evening. Deputy Chief Todd White from the Minneapolis Fire Department says the mudslide was first reported at about 7:15 p.m., and occurred on the West Bank of the University of Minnesota campus.