Recent rain runoff in the upper Chippewa River watershed is likely to result in increased runoff passing through the Chippewa River system and will cause rising river gauge readings in Eau Claire.
At 1 p.m. the Chippewa River gauge at Grand Avenue read 768.3 feet. This is 5 feet below the downtown flood stage of 773 feet.
At this level, for the safety of residents the following areas are closed:
o Chippewa River Trail
UW-Eau Claire Fine Arts Building
Boat landing behind Hobbs Ice Arena
The National Weather Service has projected a crest at 770.3 feet on Wednesday, April 10. At this level, water will have impacted a number of spots on the Chippewa River Trail and could require additional closures. The City will continue to monitor the river closely and provide information and updates as necessary.