The National Weather Service in Duluth on Thursday issued a flood advisory for the Mississippi River near Aitkin and Fort Ripley.
The weather service reported spring snow melt will continue to cause rises in river levels into this weekend and possibly into next week.
The Mississippi River at Aitkin is expected to remain just below flood stage at this point and Fort Ripley has risen above flood stage. Any additional rainfall into the weekend will further contribute to rises on the Mississippi River, according to the weather service.
At 6 a.m. Thursday the Mississippi River at Fort Ripley was at 8.8 feet. Flood stage along the Mississippi River at Fort Ripley is 10 feet and the weather service predicted the river there to rise to 10.7 feet Wednesday morning. At 11 feet the river in Fort Ripley will cause minor flooding to rural areas near Fort Ripley.
At noon Thursday the Mississippi River in Aitkin was at 11.22 feet, just below the 12-foot flood stage. The river is expected to reach 11.7 feet Saturday afternoon and stay at that level into next week.
A flood warning remained in effect Thursday for the Long Prairie River in Long Prairie in Todd County. The National Weather Service in Chanhassen reported the river at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday was at 6.2 feet, above the 6-foot flood stage. The river is forecast to rise to 7.3 feet Saturday afternoon and then begin falling.