What's it like out there?

Are you affected by the high water levels?
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Walking path, east of Eagle Street, closed due to high water: In 2010, the river crested at 18.38'. This year, there's a 95% chance we'll hit 17', and a 48% chance we'll break the 1965 record at 26.4'.
Walking path, east of Eagle Street, closed due to high water: In 2010, the river crested at 18.38'. This year, there's a 95% chance we'll hit 17', and a 48% chance we'll break the 1965 record at 26.4'.Courtesy Eric Mueller, SMM

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

tmotzko's picture
tmotzko says:

Here is a gigapan shot I took of the river yesterday. I will try to take a panorama every other day(at least). I intend to capture more of the river west in future shots.


Scroll around and zoom in for amazing details.

BTW: pay special attention to the crazy time capture of a really long train that was passing by.

Please pass on the link to whomever you feel would be interested.

posted on Tue, 03/22/2011 - 10:10am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

A new gigapan is up. It is a very snowy version with much higher water. What a difference two days make...


BTW: pay special attention to the lack of a really long train that didn't pass by. :)

posted on Wed, 03/23/2011 - 2:56pm
tmotzko's picture
tmotzko says:

A beautiful day today after the crazy storm yesterday. Much better exposure and shot today. The river has a lot more volume cruising through it. You can start to feel it really flowing.


posted on Thu, 03/24/2011 - 3:57pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

By the science museum i see a fence part way under water

posted on Fri, 03/25/2011 - 2:55pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

You're right. Just to the east of the Science Museum, on the south side of Shepard Road, the sidewalk closest to the river is partially submerged. Also, the path just to the west of the Science Museum, where it runs behind the Upper Levee condos and the Caribou Coffee, is completely under. Right now, the river is just over 15 feet.

posted on Fri, 03/25/2011 - 3:17pm
tmotzko's picture
tmotzko says:

Yesterday's (Friday) shot is already up on the GigaPan site. Today's (Saturday) shot will be up in about an hour.

Friday's shot is at http://gigapan.org/profiles/39207/

To find todays shot search for "timmotzko" at the GigaPan site.

posted on Sat, 03/26/2011 - 2:44pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

Tim's Saturday GigaPan is here: http://gigapan.org/gigapans/73646/.

You can see how parts of Harriet Island are going under, as well as parts of the walking path closest to the river on Shepard Road.

posted on Sat, 03/26/2011 - 7:43pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

The Sunday GigaPan is up. The river is really starting to creep over its banks.


posted on Sun, 03/27/2011 - 4:48pm
Liza's picture
Liza says:

If you've got pictures, you can add them to the 2011 flood pool on Flickr.

And, if you allow it, your images will show up here (and on kiosks in the museum).

I'm glad I got out to Harriet Island yesterday, because it's off-limits now until the crest has passed. I put a bunch of pictures into the Flickr pool -- you can see them in the slideshow below.

posted on Mon, 03/28/2011 - 1:04pm
Jonathan  Haas's picture
Jonathan Haas says:

nice pics

posted on Fri, 04/15/2011 - 10:27am
Liza's picture
Liza says:

According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, the Mississippi was at 18.64 feet at 9:15 this evening, with a flow rate of 97,100 cubic feet per second. That's roughly equivalent to the average flow rate over Niagara Falls! (At an average flow of 100,000 cubic feet per second, Niagara Falls is the most powerful waterfall in North America.)

When the river crests--probably Wednesday, at 19.2 feet--the National Weather Service predicts a flow rate of 101,000 cubic feet per second.

posted on Mon, 03/28/2011 - 9:09pm
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

i hate floods

posted on Thu, 03/31/2011 - 11:24am
Anonymous's picture
Anonymous says:

you should see the flooding in henderson

posted on Fri, 04/01/2011 - 11:17am
Jonathan  Haas's picture
Jonathan Haas says:

Oh YA I used to live there they broke the flood record last year

posted on Fri, 04/15/2011 - 10:25am
thu's picture
thu says:

the building outside the science museum is almost underwater

posted on Mon, 04/11/2011 - 12:49pm
susie 's picture
susie says:

why is there excessive flooding on the mississippi river??????

posted on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 9:51am
JGordon's picture
JGordon says:

Because we had a long, very snowy winter in Minnesota. I think this was the fifth snowiest winter on record, and a lot of that snow stuck around for a long time, storing lots and lots of water that had to go somewhere...

But it's not just the Mississippi River that's flooding, either—rivers across the state have high levels. Fortunately (for the Misissippi, at least) cold weather a few weeks ago prevented the snow from melting too fast, and we haven't had too much rain or snow recently, so the floods aren't nearly as bad as they could have been.

posted on Wed, 04/13/2011 - 11:02am
Betty Jo's picture
Betty Jo says:

The flood was scary at first, but I'm glad no one I knew got hurt. But if the river floods to the science museum, Lord help us all.

posted on Sun, 04/17/2011 - 1:12pm
Wanda 's picture
Wanda says:

I live in wisconsin but this is so scary!

posted on Mon, 04/18/2011 - 2:11pm

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