ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) – A road near the Mississippi River will be temporarily closed in anticipation of flooding in the area.
Starting Monday, Water Street will be closed to vehicles, bicycles and foot traffic between Highway 13 and Plato Boulevard, city officials said.
Several trails also have temporary closures. City officials are asking residents to follow posted signage, not cross barricades and follow safety guidelines.
Water Street and several areas of the park will remain closed until water levels in the Mississippi River have receded.
“We monitor Mississippi River levels throughout the year. Temporarily closing Water Street is standard City practice when river levels begin to rise,” said Sean Kershaw, St. Paul’s Director of Public Works. “We remind people to be safe and always follow all posted signs when enjoying the river.”
The Mississippi River currently measures 10.54 feet and is expected to peak at nearly 15 feet by the end of next week, according to St. Paul officials.
To the north, the rivers along Lake Superior are overflowing following heavy rains and snowmelt in the spring. The closures affect Gooseberry Falls, Tettegouche, Temperance River and parts of the Gitchi-Gami and North Shore state trails, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources officials.