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Published April 04, 2011, 06:53 PM

Weekend Weather Heightens MN Flood Outlook

A mixture of snow and rain over the weekend combined with a recent bout of warm weather has raised the flood outlook across Minnesota.

By: Associated Press,

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A mixture of snow and rain over the weekend combined with a recent bout of warm weather has raised the flood outlook across Minnesota.

The Minnesota Department of Public Safety reported Monday that temperatures across the Red River basin will be cooler to start out the week, with lows dipping below freezing. But by the end of the week, temperatures are forecast to hit 50 degrees.

The river at Moorhead is expected to crest on April 11 and April 13 at about 40 feet. The city's temporary levees are being built to 44 feet.

The Minnesota and Crow rivers will likely see their second crests this week. The hardest hit city will probably be Mayer on the Crow River, where the water level is expected to reach 17.4 feet by April 8. Delano is expected to hit 21.2 feet the following day, about a foot higher than its first crest.

Second crests on the Minnesota and Mississippi rivers are expected to be similar or lower than the first. St. Paul is expected to crest at 19.5 feet on April 11 and 13.

The Minnesota River has been falling, allowing the Minnesota Department of Transportation to reopen Highway 41 at Chaska on Monday, a vital route for drivers in the southwestern Twin Cities.

However, the department warns that a second crest could force the highway to be closed again. The highway was closed in both directions on March 23.

MnDOT closed Highway 212 between Montevideo and Granite Falls on Monday due to flooding, with traffic detoured on Highways 67, 59 and 212.

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