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So how much rain did the Brainerd lakes area get over the holiday weekend?

Enough to where the National Weather Service in Duluth (NWS) has placed the counties of Morrison, Crow Wing and Aitkin in a flood warning.

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The NWS reports that the Mississippi River near Fort Ripley and Aitkin will continue to rise over the coming days due to excessive rainfall over the last several days. Minor to moderate flooding is expected.

As of 9 a.m. Monday, the water level was 10.4 feet near Fort Ripley. Flood stage is 10 feet. The NWS expects that the river will continue to rise to nearly 12.5 feet by Thursday night and then begin to fall. At 12 feet, the boat landing and parking lot at the public access would be underwater.

Flooding was reported Sunday three miles southeast of Isle in Mille Lacs County at the intersection of Highways 47 and 27. It was reported that 4 to 6 inches of standing water covered roads.

Brainerd residents will see some more rain Tuesday. The NWS reports a 30 percent chance of showers, with a high near 53 degrees. The forecast for Wednesday is dry, with a high near 61. The NWS reports a chance of showers Thursday through Monday.

The NWS said that Crow Wing County received 3.08 to 3.42 inches of rain in a 24-hour period Sunday morning in three different trained-spotter locations — one three miles north of Brainerd, one three miles north of Merrifield and one seven miles northwest of Brainerd. It reported that Nisswa had 2.26 inches and Pillager had 2 inches in the 24-hour period. Sunday night, the Merrifield location received 3.14 inches of rain.

Two-inch hail was reported 15 miles north of Milaca in Mille Lacs County on Monday and 1.5-inch hail was reported in Morrison County, where it reportedly hailed for five minutes. Pea-sized hail was reported Monday in Aitkin County and 1.75-inch hail was reported on Farm Island Lake in Aitkin County. One-inch hail was reported one mile southeast of Aitkin; .88 inch hail in Deerwood; 1-inch hail in Ironton; and heavy pea-sized hail was reported Sunday morning on Leach Lake in Cass County.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl.

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