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Mississippi hits flood stage in St. Paul but city reassures visitors on downtown access

With college hockey’s Frozen Four scheduled to begin next week in St.

With college hockey’s Frozen Four scheduled to begin next week in St. Paul, city officials are reassuring visitors that the Mississippi River’s current flooding won’t affect the sporting event or keep them from nearby restaurants and hotels.

The river hit 18.5 feet today, which is considered major flood stage. A crest of 19.2 feet is expected tomorrow.

A city statement notes:

With the NCAA Frozen Four coming to Saint Paul next week, it is important for residents and visitors to know that Saint Paul is open for business. People can expect full access to all of the great businesses, events, restaurants and bars.

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While there are ways to get in and out of the city, and into and out of all the bars and restaurants, some roads are closed:  Shepard Road, from Eagle Street to Highway 61; Water Street, from Plato to Hwy. 13; and 4th Street, between John Street and Commercial.

Childs Road will close Tuesday at 10 a.m.

High water has closed some parks, too: Harriet Island, Kelly’s Landing Picnic Shelter, Lilydale, Crosby, Hidden Falls North, Hidden Falls South, Desnoyer Trail and the DNR Fish Hatchery.

Flood information, as well as updated photos of the downtown flooding is on the city’s website