The National Weather Service forecasts the river won't drop very much before rising to an even higher level next week as warmer temperatures continue to melt the mountain snowpack. More than 1.75 inches of rain fell between 7 a.m. Sunday until 7 a.m. Monday, according to the National Weather Service.
Lightning and thunderstorms were in the region during the morning hours on Tuesday. Minor flooding is forecast. Streams and creeks could leave their banks, flooding nearby properties.
The river was at 10.53 feet as of 9 p.m. Monday, the watch states, and the flood stage is 11 feet.
A new Flood Watch begins at 8 a.m. for areas south of M-59 because of the heavier morning rain moving in as we speak.
The Kettle River above Curlew is also above flood stage and major flooding is expected.
Meteorologist Ryan Leach said that the river will be at flood stage for weeks to come.
Ponding of water is possible in low lying areas like ditches, culverts and fields. They said up to 70 homes in that area were unreachable as a result to flooded roads.