Cannon and Mississippi rivers risingAs flood waters subside in Zumbrota, they are rising in Cannon Falls and are expected to rise in Red Wing.
By: R-E News Staff, The Republican Eagle
As flood waters subside in Zumbrota, they are rising in Cannon Falls and are expected to rise in Red Wing.
The Cannon Valley Trail closed around noon today. The trail follows the Cannon River from Cannon Falls to Red Wing.
In Cannon Falls, the river is expected to crest by 8 p.m.
"At the present time there is no need for any volunteers. It is also important to persons to remain out of the river waters, either on foot or boating, as the river current is moving very fast and actions like that will not would place themselves in jeopardy but endanger the lives of rescue responders," Cannon Falls police said in a press release.
The Dakota County Sheriff’s Office said Byllesby Reservoir reached 858.2 feet. As a result, the entire lake is designed slow/no-wake zone until the water level subside, which is expected to be in two to three days.
The National Weather Service predicts the Mississippi River to be at 13.1 feet by next Thursday or Friday; flood stage is 14 feet.
The Mississipi crested around 13.1 feet this spring, which is 3 feet above the Levee Wall in Red Wing.
Red Wing Public Works said staff are preparing for flooding by placing barricades at Levee Road, Levee Park, Collishan Road and at Sturgeon Lake Road. Benches and light poles have been removed from Levee Wall.
If the river reaches the forecasted level, portions of Bay Point Park, Levee Park and all of Colvill Park will be closed, city officials said.
Levee Road will be closed between Broad and Jackson streets. Staff will continue to monitor river readings and make any necessary changes.