Recent heavy rain in the upper Chippewa River watershed is causing increased runoff through the system and will result in rising river levels on the Chippewa River in Eau Claire and elevating it to an Action Stage.
At 5 a.m. the Chippewa River gauge at Grand Avenue read 764 feet. This is nine feet below the downtown flood stage of 773 feet. The current crest projection is 768 feet for Sunday, May 12, 2019. At this level, water will have inundated areas of the Chippewa River Trail.
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 City of Eau Claire will continue to monitor the river closely and provide information and updates as