Monday morning flood news

There’s very little about St. Croix flooding in the news this morning. A brief item in the Star Tribune notes that flooding forecast for next weekend could close the Lift Bridge.

This morning’s flood forecast graph, based on a forecast issued last night, continues to show the water rising through next weekend:

Here’s the weather service’s rationale:

THIS RIVER FORECAST IS BASED ON SATURATED GROUND FROM PREVIOUS AND ON GOING SNOW MELT…AND OR THE PRECIPITATION RECEIVED OVER THE LAST FEW DAYS…AND THE FORECAST SNOW MELT WHERE APPROPRIATE…AND THE FORECAST PRECIPITATION OUT FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS.

The Star Tribune has an interesting story about what happens to sandbags after a flood. Normally, used sandbags are considered contaminated and disposed of accordingly, but Fargo is considering keeping some of them after a successful experiment last year.

While this blog only focuses on St. Croix River flooding, it’s worth noting that last night’s Red River forecast is pretty ominous, with a 13.5 foot rise predicted in the next seven days. Bob Collins at News Cut is always one of the best reads for Red River flooding, and no doubt will be this year as well.

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