2022 Flood Closures

The Mississippi River water levels continue to be closely monitored.

Currently, there may be temporary closures to areas, trails and facilities in City of Saint Paul parks along the river. Please visit the Parks' Special Notices and Closures page for the most recent information.

For more information and updates:

Flood Insurance

FEMA's National Flood Insurance Program has information on flood insurance.  Flood insurance can be purchased through your homeowner's insurance company or renter's insurance company.  It typically takes 30 days to take effect, so plan ahead so you're covered when you need it.

FEMA publishes flood plain information via the National Flood Hazard Layer (NHFL). To find out more, please visit the NHFL web mapping application.

To learn more about the NHFL and other FEMA flood information, visit the FEMA Flood Map Service Center

To be eligible for federal assistance under the Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act, the President of the United States needs to declare the area a Federal Disaster Area. Things to be of:

  • Less than half of all flooding incidents result in a Presidential declared disaster.
  • Persons in a Federal Disaster Area are eligible for low cost loans (not grants).
  • Annual flood insurance premiums are less than the interest on a Federal disaster loan.

FloodSmart.gov helps you learn about flood risk and taking steps to financially protect homes and businesses from flood damage.

Disaster Assistance and Emergency Relief for Individuals and Businesses. This resource from the IRS provides information about getting financial help if you have damaged or lost property in a designated Federal disaster area.

Minnesota DNR information on flood plains

Disclaimer: The information on this page is merely a summary of flood insurance information. For more information, contact your insurance agent.

Flood Forecast from the National Weather Service

For the most up to date flood forecasts, please visit the National Weather Service website.


Flood Impacts

13.3 feet: Water encroaches on Water Street
14 feet: Minor Flood Stage
14 feet: Lilydale Park area begins to become submerged
15 feet: Moderate Flood Stage
17 feet: Major Flood Stage
17.5 feet: Harriet Island begins to become submerged
18 feet: Shepard / Warner Road may become impassable


Road Closures

Saint Paul Public Works maintains the list of current road closures.

Water Street from the Saint Paul Pool and Yacht Club to the DNR boat launch remains closed to vehicle traffic since the 2019 flood.


Road Closures have been submitted to Waze and Google Maps (turn on the traffic layer) to assist with in car navigation. Use this as a reference while driving, but please always refer to Saint Paul Public Works for the official list of current road closures.

Parks & Trails Closures

Saint Paul Parks & Recreation lists their current park and facilities closures here. ​Please be safe when using park facilities and always obey all barricades and signage. 

COVID-19 Update: ​We ask that all park users to follow these guidelines:

  • Refrain from using parks or trails if you are sick or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, such as fever, cough, or shortness of breath. 
  • Observe CDC’s minimum recommended social distancing of 6 feet from other individuals at all times. If this is not possible, find an alternate location or depart that space.
  • Follow CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene before, during, and after use of parks or trails.
  • Follow CDC guidance on the recommended size of social gatherings including outdoor picnicking, and maintain a 6 foot distance at all times. 

Saint Paul Police Impound Lot

For more information from the Saint Paul Police on the Impound Lot and procedures, look here.

Other Information

Flood preparation information

Information for recovery after the flood

Looking to volunteer?

If you are interested in volunteering to help with flood response or for any disaster, please check out our volunteering page with information on some of the many Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). 

There are many organizations and opportunities, so look for one that interests you here.

How to use sandbags for flooding

Sandbagging 101 info sheet and how to design a sandbag levee from the US Army Corps of Engineers

North Dakota State University has information online about how to build a sandbag dike, along with the proper design, location and how many sandbags you might need.

Last Edited: December 13, 2022