Chippewa River expected to hit flood stage

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WKBT) - The Chippewa River is expected to reach flood stage (773) this week, according to the Eau Claire Engineering department.

Heavy rains over the weekend in the upper Chippewa River are causing the river to rise in Eau Claire.

The current crest projection is 775 for Friday evening, which would be two feet above flood stage.

At that level, multiple areas would be under water, including the Chippewa river Trail and Old Abe Trail at all street underpasses as well as the pedestrian underpass at Madison Street. Low lying areas along Riverview Drive will see water and the boat launch and restrooms at Riverview Park will be closed. According to the news release, additional rainfall or operations releases from hydroelectric facilities could modify the projection.

The City of Eau Claire will continue to monitor the river closely and report information as it is obtained.

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