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Brainerd MN 506 James St. / PO Box 974 56401

Warm weather and little precipitation has continued to drop the flood stage for the Mississippi River at Brainerd according to the National Weather Service (NWS) Duluth Sunday.

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Despite a severe thunderstorm issued in Crow Wing County late Sunday afternoon, the NWS said flood levels in both Brainerd and Fort Ripley are expected to continue to lower.

“We will have to wait and see how much rain comes (Sunday),” said Dean Packingham, senior meteorologist at NWS Duluth. “But at this point in Brained and in Fort Ripley it (flood levels) is expected to slowly go down.

“If we get a lot more rain that might change, but right now we expect it to only continue to gradually go down.”

As of Sunday the NWS reported 12.12 feet at the Mississippi River in Brainerd, classifying in the near flood stage category. 13 feet is flood stage.

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