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Mississippi River expected to crest Wednesday in Winona

April 2, 2019

Winona is still under a flood warning, but the river won’t get as high as many feared earlier this month — or even earlier this week.

The Mississippi River rose to 17.17 feet Monday afternoon and is expected to crest at 17.3 feet on Wednesday. That’s down from a prediction of 17.9 feet earlier this week, and more than 18 feet earlier this month.

It would still rank among the highest levels ever recorded in Winona for the Mississippi, the worst of which came in 1965 at 20.77 feet. The river reached 20 feet only one other time in documented history — at 20.07 feet in 2001.

The levee system, built after the 1965 floods, were designed to handle a river level of 22 feet, and an additional two feet of protection can be added, the city has said.

Of course, Winona isn’t the only river town dealing with flooding.

In Fountain City, Hwy. 35 between Kwik Trip and Hwy. 95 is closed. While cars can still negotiate through city streets to travel either north or south, trucks are advised to find an alternative route.

In La Crosse, city officials closed Riverside Park due to flooding. The river there reached 14.39 feet at 9:15 a.m. and is expected to crest Wednesday at 14.7 feet.

There was a chance for snow accumulation overnight — the National Weather Service said total accumulation would be less than an inch — but with highs in the 50s predicted for Tuesday and the rest of the week, any white stuff that does gather won’t stick around for long.

Saturday, we’re in line to crack 60 degrees, although there is a 30-percent chance of rain.

At 17.3 feet, it would still rank among the highest levels ever recorded in Winona for the Mississippi, the worst of which came in 1965 at 20.77 feet.