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Aitkin reaches major flood stage

Posted: June 24, 2012 - 8:32pm

Aitkin: major flood stage

Last week’s continuous rain that left parts of Minnesota at disaster flood levels also raised flood stages in Aitkin and Brainerd.

As of Sunday, water levels on the Mississippi River at Aitkin were at 18.05 feet, nearing the record high of 22.5 feet and putting the area in the major flood stage.

Levels on the Mississippi at Brainerd were at 16.9 feet on Sunday and in the moderate flooding stage and Fort Ripley remained in the minor flooding stage at 12.31 feet.

According to the National Weather Service-Duluth (NWS), levels are going to remain high for the rest of the week.

“It’ll rise to about 18.5 feet along the Mississippi in Aitkin,” said Rick Hluchan, meteorologist intern at the NWS-Duluth. “With the amount of rain we had last night (Saturday) it will probably just make it crest for a longer period of time instead of making it go up.

“But we will have high river levels in Aitkin, Brainerd and Fort Ripley and I don’t think we will see the river level come down until the end of the week.”