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Flood warning issued for parts of Hennepin, Carver, Scott and Wright counties

Flood warning issued for parts of Hennepin, Carver, Scott and Wright counties
Via National Weather Service

Smiling at the rapidly disappearing snow and ice around the Twin Cities? It comes at a cost. Flood warnings -- meaning flooding is imminent -- are now up for areas around the Twin Cities region.

The National Weather Service's Chanhassen office issued a flood warning for the Minnesota River at Henderson affecting Le Sueur, Scott and Sibley counties; the Minnesota River at Savage affecting Dakota, Hennepin and Scott counties; the Crow River at Rockford affecting Hennepin and Wright counties and other areas.

More from NWS:

NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TWIN CITIES/CHANHASSEN MN 255 AM CST FRI MAR 12 2010

...THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE FOLLOWING RIVERS IN MINNESOTA...

MINNESOTA RIVER AT MONTEVIDEO AFFECTING CHIPPEWA...LAC QUI PARLE...RENVILLE AND YELLOW MEDICINE COUNTIES MINNESOTA RIVER AT HENDERSON AFFECTING LE SUEUR...SCOTT AND SIBLEY COUNTIES MINNESOTA RIVER AT SAVAGE AFFECTING DAKOTA...HENNEPIN AND SCOTT COUNTIES CROW RIVER AT ROCKFORD AFFECTING HENNEPIN AND WRIGHT COUNTIES SOUTH FORK CROW RIVER BELOW MAYER AFFECTING CARVER COUNTY SOUTH FORK CROW RIVER AT DELANO AFFECTING WRIGHT COUNTY

.A SLOW MOVING LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL CONTINUE TO IMPACT CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN MINNESOTA TODAY. THE RAINFALL OCCURRING ACROSS NORTHERN WISCONSIN EARLY THIS MORNING WILL AFFECT PORTIONS OF EAST CENTRAL AND WEST CENTRAL MINNESOTA THROUGH THIS EVENING. AN ADDITIONAL QUARTER TO ONE HALF INCH OF RAIN IS EXPECTED ACROSS THE UPPER MINNESOTA VALLEY AND IN THE CROW RIVER SYSTEM THROUGH TONIGHT.

THIS FORECAST PRECIPITATION IS NOT INCLUDED IN THE RIVER FORECASTS AS OF 3 AM THIS MORNING. AS WE ARE ABLE TO GET A BETTER HANDLE ON THE FUTURE PRECIPITATION AMOUNTS AND LOCATION...IT WILL BE INCORPORATED INTO THE RIVER FORECASTS. SO PLEASE STAY TUNED FOR FURTHER UPDATES.

ANOTHER FACTOR IMPACTING THE SNOWMELT AND RUNOFF IS OUR CONTINUED ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES. HIGHS TODAY AND SATURDAY WILL BE 40 TO AROUND 45 ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA. TEMPERATURES FOR SUNDAY AND INTO TUESDAY WILL TYPICALLY BE IN THE MID TO UPPER 40S WITH HIGHS PUSHING AROUND 50 IN THE LOWER MINNESOTA AND CROW RIVER STYSTEM ON MONDAY. THESE WARM HIGH TEMPERATURES WILL CONTINUE THE SNOW MELT.

ICE AND DEBRIS JAMS ARE ALSO A CONCERN AS THIS EVENT UNFOLDS.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

IF YOU OBSERVE AN ICE OR DEBRIS JAM PLEASE REPORT THIS TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IMMEDIATELY. YOU CAN EMAIL REPORTS DIRECTLY TO THE NWS VIA MPX.SPOTTER@NOAA.GOV.

STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO OR YOUR LOCAL RADIO OR TV STATION FOR THE LATEST INFORMATION CONCERNING THIS FLOOD EVENT.

THE FLOOD WARNING CONTINUES FOR THE CROW RIVER AT ROCKFORD MN. * AT 2:00 AM FRIDAY THE STAGE WAS 4.0 FEET. * MODERATE FLOODING IS FORECAST. * FLOOD STAGE IS 10.0 FEET. * FORECAST...RISE ABOVE FLOOD STAGE BY EARLY TUESDAY MORNING AND CONTINUE TO RISE TO NEAR 13.6 FEET BY THURSDAY EVENING. * IMPACT...AT 15.0 FEET...SANITARY SEWERS SERVING HOMES CLOSEST TO THE RIVER MAY BEGIN TO BACK UP. * FLOOD HISTORY...THIS CREST COMPARES TO A PREVIOUS CREST OF 14.0 FEET ON JULY 1 2002.


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