Chippewa River expected to crest Friday, lower areas expected to flood

Eau Claire (WQOW) – As of 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, the Chippewa River was 13 feet below flood stage downtown Eau Claire, but that is expected to change.

According to officials with the City of Eau Claire, the Chippewa River gauge at Grand Avenue read 759.6. The crest projection for Friday morning is 769, about four feet below flood stage.

Lower areas of the Chippewa River Trail at Hobbs Boat Landing and behind the Haas Fine Arts Center, near the UWEC foot bridge, are expected to start flooding Thursday morning, according to the City. The trails are expected to stay flooded through the weekend. Trail underpasses at Madison Street and Farwell Street as well as lower areas of Owen Park will flood as well.

Flood waters can contain debris and generate currents that are stronger, faster and more unpredictable than normal conditions, making recreational use of the river unsafe.

For more information, you can visit the City of Eau Claire’s website, or contact Eau Claire Engineering at 715-839-4934.

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