With Monday’s large snowfall and the continuing rain today and predicted through the next several days, many local counties are under flood watches, advisories and warnings.

The Mississippi River at Winona is expected to rise to 18.0 feet by early Monday afternoon. Additional rises are possible thereafter. – The Flood stage is 13.0 feet. In Flood History…This crest compares to a previous crest of 17.9 feet on 04/20/1952.

The National Weather service has many safety tips including their trademarked, “Turn around, don’t drown”. This encompassing tip reminds residents that even as little as 6 inches of water can make you fall. If you do have to walk through water, walk where the water is not moving.

They also remind residents that road beds may be washed out under flood waters. The same six inches of water includes vehicles and roadways as well. As little as six inches of water can cause loss of control of vehicles and possible stalling. A foot of water can float many vehicles. Two feet of rushing water can carry away most vehicles including SUV’s and Pickups.

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