Chippewa River expected to crest four feet below flood stage at Eau Claire

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (CITY OF EAU CLAIRE FLOOD UPDATE) -- At 10:30 a.m. this morning, the Chippewa River was at elevation 764.8 at Grand Avenue, which is slightly more than eight (8) feet below the downtown flood stage of elevation 773.

The National Weather Service is forecasting temperatures in the upper watershed to be in the 60’s with some precipitation, which will lead to an increased rate of snow melt. The current Chippewa River crest projection is an elevation of 769 at Grand Avenue to occur on Monday, April 14th. The Chippewa River is expected to stay at this elevation into Wednesday.

Be alert for Chippewa River Trail closures behind Hobbs Ice Arena and Haas Fine Arts Center (Second Avenue extended) as snow melts and runoff adds to the flow in the Chippewa River.

The City will continue to monitor the river closely and report information as it is obtained. Residents along or near the river are also asked to monitor nearby river conditions in order to have as much advanced warning of those changes. Information is available on the City web site at and on the Public Works Message Line at (715) 839-6002. For further information about this news release or river elevations, please contact the City of Eau Claire, Department of Public Works at (715) 839-4934.

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