High Water Levels Reported Across the State
Carol McCarthy | Sep 20, 2019 AT 7:19 am
UNDATED--Rain in the first half of September has pushed precipitation totals up near record levels as well as water levels in rivers for the state of Minnesota and local lakes.
This year total precipitation up to this point of any other year, we're second all time. The climate prediction center is giving us a pretty high chance of above normal precipitation within the next 14 days.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Caleb Grunzke says that added chance of rain comes on top of several rivers already at or nearing flood stage after the extended wet stretch. He says near redwood falls there are two locations in minor flood stage right now. South Fork Crow River has a couple of locations that are in flood stage or nearing flood stage. It's just a delayed response to the last two weeks of rainfall.
According to local water data-keepers, Detroit Lake is experiencing a high water level. Nine inches above the Ordinary High Water Level. Dick Heacock, adviser to the Pelican River Watershed District, says the lake started at nine-inches above the high water mark at ice-out and hasn't dropped below that so far in 2019.