Photos: Mississippi River flooding in St. Paul


Canoeists paddle through Mississippi River floodwaters at Harriet Island
1 Canoeists paddle through Mississippi River floodwaters at Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul on Friday, with downtown buildings in the background. The river stage at the time was just over 19 feet. The forecast crest is about 20 feet; flood stage is 14 feet. 
A stretch of Shepard and Warner roads in St. Paul is inundated
2 A stretch of Shepard and Warner roads in St. Paul is inundated by Mississippi River floodwaters on Friday. The blue railing marks the edge of the riverbank. 
The Mississippi River overflows its banks in St. Paul
3 Adelene Casler (left) and Lucia Samayoa, both 13 and from St. Paul, explore the edge of the Mississippi River floodwaters on their bikes at Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul on Friday. 
A playground is flooded by the Mississippi River at Harriet Island
4 A playground is flooded by the Mississippi River at Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul, with downtown buildings in the background. 
Mississippi River floodwaters lap at the Minnesota Boat Club
5 Mississippi River floodwaters lap at the Minnesota Boat Club building on Raspberry Island in St. Paul on Friday. The river stage at the time was just over 19 feet. The forecast crest is about 20 feet; flood stage is 14 feet. 
A mark showing the height of the record Mississippi River flood
6 A mark showing the height of the record Mississippi River flood of 1965 is visible along a flood wall in St. Paul on Friday, as the river runs in flood stage. The river stage on Friday was just over 19 feet; the record flood in 1965 reached a stage of just over 26 feet. 
Much of Raspberry Island is inundated by Mississippi River floodwaters
7 Much of Raspberry Island in St. Paul is inundated by Mississippi River floodwaters. 
Canoeists paddle through a flooded playground at Harriet Island
8 Canoeists paddle through a flooded playground at Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul on Friday, with the Clarence W. Wigington Pavilion in the background and the St. Paul Cathedral in the distance. 
Mississippi River floodwaters reach the bottom of the swings
9 Mississippi River floodwaters reach the bottom of the swings on a playground at Harriet Island Regional Park. 
The Mississippi River overflows its banks in St. Paul
10 The Mississippi River overflows its banks in St. Paul, as seen from the High Bridge. The boats at the bottom of the image are on what's normally a dry storage area next to the river. 
The strong current of the Mississippi River in flood stage
11 The strong current of the Mississippi River in flood stage is visible as it passes around the supports of the Union Pacific Railroad lift bridge in St. Paul on Friday. 
A stretch of Shepard Road is flooded
12 A stretch of Shepard Road below downtown St. Paul is inundated by Mississippi River floodwaters on Friday. 
Ducks paddle on the floodwaters of the Mississippi River
13 Ducks paddle on the floodwaters of the Mississippi River at Harriet Island Regional Park in St. Paul on Friday, with the park's concert stage in the background. 
The current of the Mississippi River is visible at a flooded lamppost
14 The current of the Mississippi River can be seen moving around a lamppost in flooded Harriet Island Regional Park.