By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
June 26, 2014
High water will continue to impact communities and barge operations along the upper Mississippi River into early July as more rain moves into the area.
Low-lying areas not protected by levees, such as farmland, homes, businesses and some roadways, are being inundated as river levels surpass flood stage.
Excessive rainfall, in some cases near a foot over the past month, has pushed the upper Mississippi River past flood stage from Minnesota and Wisconsin to Iowa, Illinois and northern Missouri.
At Minneapolis, rainfall to date (nearly 11 inches) for June was close to 90 percent of its average rainfall for the summer season June 1 to August 31.