Area waters receding after wet month
Raindrops dotted the Red Wing area Monday, fittingly marking the end of a wet and warm June filled with flood waters and rainy days.
The highest Mississippi River reading, according to the National Weather Service, came late Saturday at 14.7 feet. But the water is expected to steadily recede and drop below the flood stage of 14 feet by Wednesday afternoon, the NWS predicts.
More than 9 inches of rain were dropped on Red Wing in June, including 3.92 inches on June 14. That day also saw wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour.
Measurable rain fell during 18 of June’s 30 days, including a streak of precipitation every day from June 13 to 19.
Gov. Mark Dayton declared a state of emergency because of the storms and flooding for areas including Goodhue County.
Rains and floods caused cancellations, closures and postponements throughout the area as well. The Ribs & Bibs event at Colvill Park was canceled, and the park and pool were closed too. Bay Point Park shut down last week and roads in Red Wing have been closed to traffic due to water levels. Red Wing’s Fourth of July fireworks were rescheduled for River City Days due to the launch site, just across the river in Wisconsin, being underwater.
The city is posting flood updates at www.red-wing.org as needed.
Officials are reminding the public not to drive or walk through standing water because roads, paths and bridges might be washed out.
It also is illegal to move or drive around barricades, and law enforcement will be monitoring these areas, city officials said.
While June was rainy, it also brought the heat.
The first official day of summer this month also meant more warm days, and high temperatures only dropped below 75 degrees once since then. Most have been in the high 70s or low 80s, with lows in the 60s.
The National Weather Service anticipates a warm and mostly sunny next few days, including a 76-degree high on Independence Day with few clouds. Storms are possible this weekend, the NWS forecast shows.
June by the numbers
High: 87 degrees on June 20
Low: 53 degrees on June 13
Average daily high: 78.89 degrees
Average daily low: 61.69 degrees
Precipitation: 9.23 inches of rain
Sources: U.S. Lock & Dam No. 3, Red Wing Waste Water Treatment Plant