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[PHOTOS] Chippewa River Reaches 10-Year High in Eau Claire

spring thaw brings the river past its banks in Eau Claire

photos by Grace Cremeens |

Minor spring flooding caused the Chippewa River to swell past its banks last week in Eau Claire. While the water has since receded, it reached a crest of about 775.5 feet Friday evening at the Grand Avenue bridge, according to National Weather Service data – the highest the river has been in Eau Claire in about 10 years. While the river level has gone downward since, the city of Eau Claire cautions that river activities like fishing, tubing, boating, and wading are still not safe (although, considering the recent snowfall, it’s doubtful many people are being drawn to the river anyway). Because of the flooding, numerous trails and underpasses have been closed to the public, including the Chippewa River Trail behind the UW-Eau Claire Fine Arts building and the Hobbs Ice Arena. Check the city website for more flood updates.

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