City Staff have been working with the National Weather Service (NWS) to evaluate the rainfall amounts and corresponding effect on river levels in the area. Areas to the south of Northfield in the Straight and Cannon River watershed areas received significant rainfall in the previous 24 hours, and water levels in the Cannon River have been rising fairly quickly. At this time, no precipitation is expected through the weekend.
NWS professionals have created the attached graph depicting potential rainfall and resulting possible Cannon River levels in Northfield. NWS is still predicting the Cannon River to peak at approximately 896.5’ – 897.5’ on Thursday, September 6, 2018. The river level is expected to slowly fall after that time. In Northfield, 897’ is considered flood stage. If the river reaches that level, some Northfield
properties and park areas along the river would be directly affected. Read full release: Flood – River Level Concerns – 09.05.18