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Mississippi River

The second flood

Mississippi River

The first flood

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.

Downtown St. Paul

Second Winter Panorama

Downtown St. Paul

Down River

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.

Road Closed

At eye level

Road Closed

Road Closed

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.

Harriet Island

Under the river

Harriet Island

Harriet Island - West end

The flood this week is a historic event. It doesn’t flood in the fall and naturally I can’t stay away from the river. It is so beautiful. The waters are supposed to crest over the week end and this time the river may even go higher than it did last spring. The geese and ducks are enjoying the new space as they swim around the picnic tables and park benches.

Mississippi River

The second flood

Mississippi River

Mississippi River September 2010

The Mississippi River is at flood stage for the second time this year in St. Paul, MN. It will crest in a few days and may get as high as it did last spring. A flood of this magnitude in the spring is fairly rare and almost unheard of in the fall. It was caused by heavy rains last week that caused flooding through out the state. The rivers that feed the Mississippi brought the water right to St. Paul.