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FLOODING

While river levels are expected to fall over the next few days, warmer temperatures could lead to more meltwater being released from the remaining snowpack.
The precipitation will change from rain to mostly snow Thursday afternoon into Thursday night and continue into Friday.
The detour route will be County Road 148 (Thompson Road) (5-ton load limit), County Highway 23 (9-ton load limit) and state highways 25 and 18.
A a big temperature swing the past week has decimated a near-record snowpack and forced ice on area lakes to start receding.

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It comes after a winter that brought significant amounts of snow across Minnesota, reaching the top 10 snowiest winters for many parts of the state.
The watch is in effect until further notice as the river is expected to reach flood stage Friday in Aitkin and Monday in Fort Ripley.
Flood warnings could be issued for the Mississippi River later this week.
Above normal temps in the next week bring concerns of flooding
As of Tuesday, March 22, Brainerd has received 79.6 inches of snowfall, which ranks as the second most snowfall on record since 1948.
Thereโ€™s a 67% chance of minor flooding and a 40% chance of moderate flooding in Aitkin, and a 67% chance of minor flooding and a 40% chance of moderate flooding in Fort Ripley.

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The need for the project dates back to 2016, when the Federal Emergency Management Agency designated the east side of Newfolden, Minnesota, as lying within the 100-year floodplain
Those who were displaced from their homes may apply for grants to cover mortgage payments, rent or other expenses.
"One of the old things we used to say is the lake is not a bathtub, it doesn't just lay at one level," said Pete Boulay, a climatologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. "What I always point out, when people complain that (water levels) have never been this low, just go back farther and you'll find lower water than you have right now."

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