Aitkin and Crow Wing counties were placed in an urban and small stream flood advisory Monday as more than 2 inches of rain fell.
The advisory was necessary, the weather service said, because the frozen ground can't absorb the rainfall.
As of Monday, the Mississippi River in Aitkin, Brainerd and Fort Ripley remained well below flood stages but that was expected to change with elevated river or stream flows and water ponding likely by the weekend.
In Aitkin the Mississippi River was at 10.35 feet Monday and was expected to reach its 12-foot flood stage Thursday night with a crest of 12.7 feet on Friday.
In Fort Ripley the Mississippi River was at 6.66 feet Monday and was expected to reach its 10-foot flood stage Wednesday with a crest of 12 feet on Friday.
The weather service expects minor field flooding and standing water in both Aitkin and Fort Ripley.
In Brainerd, the Mississippi River was at 7.8 feet Monday but wasn't expected to reach the 13-foot flood stage.
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