2019 Spring Flood Update for Levee elevations and historical flood levels.
South St. Paul is situated on the Mississippi River. The Mississippi River rises and recedes regularly based on rain fall, snow fall, and how quickly the snow melts in the spring. Due to the potential for flooding of properties adjacent to the river, temporary and permanent levees or flood walls were built:
Property Protection Flood Walls
- Properties near the river from approximately I-494 to just north of Wentworth Avenue are protected by a permanent levee or flood wall with an average elevation of 710.0.
- Properties near the river and south of I-494 not protected by the permanent levee are protected by a temporary levee with a top elevation of 705.0.
- Properties near the river and north of Wentworth Avenue are protected by a temporary levee with a top elevation of 708.0.
If the city anticipates flooding, properties east of Concord Street should be prepared for possible flooding. Protective measures include:
- Move valued items to a higher elevation or alternate location.
- Move hazardous items to a higher elevation or alternate location.
- Prepare for evacuation
- Secure or disconnect your electrical service (Xcel Energy is your best source of information on this issue)
- Sign up for Code Red notification
- North Dakota State University has excellent how-to publications: NDSU publications for flood preparation.
Sandbagging for Flood Protection
- A sandbag dike must be built properly to prevent or reduce flood damage. The NDSU website has excellent information for constructing a sandbag dike.