Minor flooding reported in Aitkin
The National Weather Service (NWS) Monday issued a flood warning for the Mississippi River in Aitkin and Crow Wing counties.
At 9:30 a.m. Monday, the stage at the Mississippi River at Aitkin was reported by NWS to be 12.8 feet. Flood stage is 12 feet. Minor flooding was occurring and was forecast to continue. The river is expected to continue to fall below flood stage by Saturday.
At 13 feet some area roads may be covered with water. The crest compares to a previous crest of 12.3 feet on April 17, 2011. Moderate flood stage in Aitkin begins at 15 feet. Major flood stage is 18 feet.
The river is high in Brainerd, climbing steadily with the melt since it was just above 9 feet on Friday to nearly 12 feet as of 5:30 p.m. Monday. Flood stage, with minor flooding, begins at 13 feet. Moderate flooding is reached at 13 feet and major flooding at 16 feet. The No. 1 historic crest on the Mississippi in Brainerd came on June 28, 2012 at 17.61 feet.
At Fort Ripley, the Mississippi River may be peaking just below flood stage at least for the moment. The river hit 9.65 feet as of 5 p.m. Monday. Minor flood stage is 10 feet. Projections call for the river to continue to fall at Fort Ripley until it drops below 9 feet by April 20. Moderate flooding begins at 12.5 feet.
At the Crow Wing River near Pillager, the river was 6.51 feet as of Monday down from the high of 6.87 feet this past weekend.