With floodwall going up, St. Paul airport likely to close

The St. Paul Downtown Airport faces flooding as the output from last week’s heavy rains continue downstream.

A temporary flood wall is being erected along the Mississippi River’s banks adjoining the airport, built in the flood plain just east of downtown St. Paul. Officials said it’s likely the airport will be closed through the weekend, as the river peaks.

They hope to have at least one runway back in action Monday. The temporary flood wall went up this spring, too, when flooding threatened the airport.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has declared an emergency because of the flooding, and Fort Snelling State Park has been closed.

The river is expected to hit flood stage in St. Paul today and peak at about 4.5 feet above flood stage by the weekend.

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