Flood warning issued for ScanlonSome roads are closed as Northland rivers, already high form snowmelt, rise after overnight rain.
By: John Myers, Duluth News Tribune
The St. Louis River at Scanlon is expected to rise to near the level that it causes problems for a couple of businesses along the river, the National Weather Service said this morning.
A flood warning has been issued through Thursday night for the river, which was at 9.9 feet this morning, to reach 10.5 feet or higher, which is the flood stage for low-lying areas.
This morning, law enforcement reported water over the road at the intersection of Lakewood and Pioneer roads near the French River, north and east of Duluth. The road has been closed. It’s one of several small streams that are full of water and spilling over their banks, some into farm fields but also onto roadways.
The weather service has issued a small stream flood advisory through Thursday for rivers in Carlton, Douglas, Ashland, Bayfield and Iron counties. The Nemadji, Polar, Iron, Montreal and Bad rivers are susceptible to flooding for a couple more days.
The flooding is caused by the huge amount of snow melting rapidly, with five consecutive days of temperatures in the 60s. The addition of heavy rain this morning — more than a quarter-inch in some areas — is contributing to the situation.
The Douglas County Highway Department reports County Road A north of Milcheski Road and County Road D north of Highway B as closed due to water over the roadway.
In Aitkin, the Mississippi River has reached flood stage at 12 feet. The river is expected to rise to above 13.5 feet by Sunday, at which point minor flooding occurs, including some roadways.
More rain and snow, which could cause additional flooding, is expected Wednesday into Thursday.
The weather service reminds people never to drive into standing water on roadways and to report flooded areas to law enforcement.