The city says flood waters can generate stronger faster currents. In addition, lower water temperatures increase the risk of hypothermia. Extreme caution should be exercised by persons using the rivers for boating, canoeing, kayaking, shore-side fishing, tubing, swimming, wading, or activities near the water. Hazards involving high water levels, strong currents, floating or submerged wood debris or trees and obscured pilings are present on the Chippewa River.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- The City of Eau Claire is watching the level of the Chippewa River as it expects it to rise.
As of Thursday morning, the river was nearly 14 feet below flood stage at Grand Avenue. Experts don't have a projection for the level where the river will crest. The city asks that people along or near the river monitor conditions to be aware of potential changes.
Melting snow in the upper watershed of the Chippewa and Eau Claire Rivers typically causes spring flooding. You can find more information by clicking on the link on the right side of this page, or by calling the Public Works Message Line at (715) 839-6002, or the Department of Public Works at (715) 839-4934.