Flooding along the river is common in the spring. It is a little higher than usual this year. When the water goes down it leaves a mess behind.
This was taken at about an hour after the Mississippi river crested on June 26th. The water is receding but it will be awhile before this path is again above water. Floods leave a kind of muddy sludge on everything so even after the water is gone the path isn’t really useable.
The river should crest again this week and then it will give us back out park land and Warner road. The local police are keeping people back from the flood making it hard to get photographs but I don’t give up easily.
This shot was taken last week when the Mississippi river crested at about 19 feet which is higher than the great flood of 2010. The water has gone down since but there is a second crest headed our way. It is traveling down the Minnesota River which meets the Mississippi river a few miles West of out downtown. The next crest will be higher than the last. I took this shot from the Smith avenue high bridge. I guess a person would have to know the area to understand the picture. The water is high but the area that is flooded is all park land. Property damage is minimal.
Second winter makes it hard to see the flood and lucky for us there is a lot of water being held in the frozen ground when it could have been released into the mighty Mississippi river. The brutal cold also kept me away from the flood. I am going through a “panorama phase”. It was taken from Indian Mounds park on the East side of downtown which is a great place to view downtown and the river from day or night but not both at the same time.
I took this yesterday and you would probably have to know the area to understand the picture. This is Jackson street and the Mississippi River is at eye level. Below the river in the picture are some signs and the white below that is a pile of sand bags. No one lives there and property damage will be minimal when it floods but the road will remain closed for a couple of weeks and the sewer system may be impacted which will cause the evacuation of lower town residents.