As summer in Minnesota nears its official start, spring flooding is still evident.
Since May 23, the Minnesota River gauge in Jordan has been above flood stage. However that length of time underwater pales in comparison with earlier in the year, where the river rose above flood stage for a record 52 consecutive days, from March 20 to May 10.
The next-highest streaks took place in 2011 and 2001, with both instances reaching 29 straight days above flood stage.
According to the National Weather Service, as of June 3, the height of the Minnesota River in Jordan is 27.75 feet. It appears to have crested at 27.89 on June 2. (When the river reaches 29.5 feet, the Highway 41 river crossing closes.)
The good news is that the river is down from this year’s peak of 32.11 feet on March 25. And that number still falls short of the all-time crest record of 35.07 feet on April 11, 1965.
The National Weather Service has indicated that Jordan is under the category of “minor flooding.”
TRAILS UNDER WATER
Craig Schmidt, service hydrologist at the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, believes even though the levels are still significant, relief will soon come.
“In a couple of weeks, we should see (the river) come down,” Schmidt said.
Until then, expect the flooding to leave its mark.Martha Reger, a worker for the Minnesota DNR Division of Parks and Trails, gave an update on the condition of the Minnesota Valley State Trail. “There are significant sections of (the trail) that are currently under water,” Reger said.
The main trail runs between Belle Plaine and Shakopee. According to the DNR’s website, the trail is currently closed due to the flooding.
As the spring season concludes, Reger said that she does not know when the trail will be open for summer, given that as the water levels drop, the DNR first needs to assess cleanup measures for the soggy grounds.
“The river is continuing to rise,” Reger said. “If it doesn’t stop raining, who knows how long it will take.”