Downtown Saint Paul flood prediction hits nearly 20 feet

NOAA flood prediction: Up and up.
NOAA flood prediction: Up and up.Courtesy NOAA
When I woke up this morning and checked the NOAA flood forecast for the downtown Saint Paul station it was at 19.7 feet above the normal stage. Yikes, the forecast still keeps going up. The river is predicted to crest on March 24th (next Wednesday).

Other flood related resources from my morning browsing:

The StarTribune visits the NOAA, National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office, in Chanhassen, MN. The scientists at NOAA explain what's different about this year's snow melt...complete with some classic Minnesota accents.

Check out what downtown Saint Paul looked like in the 2001 Mississippi River flood. So far, no one's predicting this year's food will be as bad as that historic spring melt, when the river crested at 23.67 feet.

And, for purely nostalgic purposes, here's a pic of Minnesota Governor Karl Rolvaag (he's in front of the guy with a bag on his head), President Lyndon Johnson, and Senator Walter Mondale (looking quite dashing back in the day) standing dangerously close to the river in the really bad 1965 Mississippi river flood. The river crested at 26 feet that year.

Check out our full feature on the 2010 Mississippi River flooding.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

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Anonymous says:

Also in the photo is Eugene McCarthy, one of Minnesota's storied politicians and the senior Senator from Minnesota at the time. He's right in the center of the photo standing next to President Johnson.

posted on Mon, 03/22/2010 - 11:34am

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