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Flooding possible in Goodhue, Pierce counties

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It may be a little late, but flood season still could hit the area this year.

After a holiday weekend filled with heavy rains throughout Minnesota, a flood watch that includes Red Wing is in effect until further notice. Goodhue and Pierce counties are included in the watch.

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The National Weather Service predicted flood stage may be reached by this weekend in Red Wing due to a swollen Mississippi River.

Flood warnings also are in effect at sites around the state, including near Hastings, and in parts of Wisconsin. The NWS anticipates minor flooding from the Mississippi and Minnesota rivers.

Red Wing Public Works staff said they are monitoring the situation and could close Levee Road midweek depending on river levels. The public will be alerted when a decision is made, they said.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers closed its Minneapolis area locks and dams to recreational traffic because of the water height. Heavy rains on Sunday affected the river, the Corps said.

But Corps spokeswoman Shannon Bauer said Lock & Dam No. 3 should remain open, at least through this river crest. Weather service predictions anticipate a crest around 680.1 feet, Bauer said, and the Corps would not shut down Lock 3 unless the water reached 683 feet.

"Unless we get a lot of rain it's looking like ... traffic can continue" as usual, she said.

Weather is expected to be relatively dry this week in the area, though rain in other parts of the state still could affect the rivers.

The Upper and Lower St. Anthony Falls locks and Lock & Dam No. 1 were closed around 7 a.m. Monday. It could be a week or more before recreational traffic can travel through the locks again, the Corps said.

There is still uncertainty on the exact timing and height of potential river crests, which stemmed the flood watches. The NWS said warnings could be issued if that becomes clearer.

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Danielle Killey
Danielle Killey is the city reporter for the Republican Eagle, where she has worked since 2011. She graduated from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a journalism degree.
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