Water levels on rivers and creeks in Southwest Minnesota are expected to remain high this week.

“The Redwood and Cottonwood rivers, they’re still going to have a lot of high water to work with. We’re hoping that it will stay dry there for a long length of time,” says National Weather Service meteorologist Michele Margraf.

Margraf adds two weeks of dry weather is needed to bring levels down and dry out the soil.

The Cottonwood River at New Ulm currently sits at 15.2 feet, which is in the moderate flood stage. The river peaked in the major flooding category on Friday at 19.64 feet, just shy of the record of 20.86 feet set in April of 1965.

 

Additional information provided by Brandon Lewis, KTOE.