Mississippi River expected to rise

By: Sarah Moon
By: Sarah Moon

TREMPEALEAU, Wis. (WEAU) -- People living and working along the Mississippi River could see some higher water levels.

That’s because all of the snowmelt in Northern Wisconsin and Minnesota is making its way downstream, and we’ve had a lot of rain.

Right now, the National Weather Service said the Mississippi River could see minor flooding at the end of April or early May.

“There is quite a bit of snow across Minnesota, and we are expecting some pretty warm temperatures next week, so if that snow melts really quickly we could be looking at a pretty rapid rise,” said National Weather Service Hydrologist Mike Welvaert.

“As of right now we’re not real concerned, but we will keep watching it on a pretty regular basis,” said Hungry Point owner Jann Ryder.

Hungry Point in Trempealeau sits right along the Mississippi.

Ryder said she’s been through flooding before, and she’ll be ready if it happens again.

Ryder has owned Hungry Point for about 3 years.

During that time it’s flooded twice.

Once in September 2010, and again in April 2011, but both times she was able to stay open.”

“People were more than willing to wear hip waders and canoe down here to get a bite to eat or get a drink,” said Ryder.

And Welvaert says now is the time to take precautions.

“Things you don’t want to float away, you should probably get them out of there at this point,” said Welvaert.

So you can breathe a little easier, before the water rises.

The Mississippi River in Trempealeau reached it’s highest crest in April 1965 when it was about 653 feet.

Right now it’s sitting under 644 feet.

Six hundred forty-seven feet is considered flood stage.

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