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.
An underground water line ruptured early Saturday in downtown St. Paul, flooding several city blocks and temporarily causing a widespread drop in water pressure, officials said.
The Mississippi River in St. Paul is just days away from the expected crest of 19.5 feet. City leaders are keeping a close eye on the rising water, shutting down roads and Harriet Island.