NWS issues flood warning for Mississippi River at Aitkin

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Warm temperatures and recent rain on melting snow combined for strong rises on the Mississippi River.

The National Weather Service in Duluth issued a flood warning for the Mississippi River at Aitkin, affecting Aitkin and Crow Wing counties. The NWS expects river levels to continue rising this week. “Weather conditions will remain quiet for a few days with rain returning during the middle to end of this week,” the weather service stated. At 7:30 p.m Sunday, March 29, the river was at 12.5 feet with flood stage at 13 feet. The river is expected to continue to rise to 14.2 feet by early afternoon Thursday.

At 15 feet, a few homes become surrounded by water in the Cedarbrook neighborhood near Eagle Road and the Aitkin city park becomes flooded.

This crest compares to a previous crest of 16.0 feet on April 24,1982.

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