NEW ULM - The surging Cottonwood River climbed out of its banks over Memorial Day weekend, reaching minor flood stage (11 feet) at midnight Monday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The river was forecast to crest at 11.5 feet at midnight Tuesday before falling under flood stage Thursday, the NWS said.
River forecasts were based on heavy rainfall over the past few days. Although the rain has ended, runoff will continue over the next few days, causing the river to slowly rise before dropping, according to the NWS.
Staff photo by Fritz Busch
The Cottonwood River has reached minor flood stage and was expected to crest late Tuesday.
The crest compared to a previous crest of 12.5 feet on June 24, 2011, according to the NWS.
Flood warnings were issued for the Cottonwood River at New Ulm affecting Brown County, the South Fork Crow River below Mayer affecting Carver County, and the Crow River at Rockford affecting Hennepin and Wright counties.
Motorists were urged to not drive vehicles through flooded areas. Turn around, don't drown, read the statement.
The Minnesota River at New Ulm was forecast to crest at 795.8 feet at midnight, Saturday, June 2. Flood stage is 796 feet. The river was observed at 794.5 feet at 8 a.m. Tuesday.
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