2020 Flood Season in Saint Paul

Flood Update - April 24, 2020

Saint Paul continues to monitor the Mississippi River water levels. On April 7, the National Weather Service river gauge indicated the water level has crested at 14.4 feet in Saint Paul.

  • Saint Paul will continue to leave several protective measures in place, but they will not impact regular operations of property owners or nearby traffic. 

For more information and updates:


On March 28, 2020, FEMA announced that they will extend the current 30-day grace period for National Flood Insurance Premium (NFIP) payments.  If a policy insuring a property has an expiration date of February 13, 2020 through June 15, 2020, than the NFIP provider must receive the appropriate renewal premium within 120 days of the expiration date to avoid a lapse in coverage. For more information visit: https://www.fema.gov/national-flood-insurance-program.

Don’t let a flood put you underwater. Flooding is the most common disaster in Minnesota. It can flood anywhere even if you don’t live near water. Don't assume you are safe from flooding because you don't live near a river or lake. Just a few inches of flood water can cause thousands of dollars of damage. Most homeowner’s or renter’s insurance won’t cover flood damages. If you are a renter, don't assume your landlord is covered for flood damage. There’s a 30-day waiting period for flood insurance to take effect so talk to your insurance agent to see if you're covered, or what coverage is right for you.  For more information go to https://www.floodsmart.gov/

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

River Cam


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.

water street closure

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: ​While Saint Paul Parks and Recreation public buildings are currently closed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, our parks, trails and other outdoor open spaces remain open for public use as allowed under the State of Minnesota stay at home order. 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. 
  • Refrain from using parks or trails if you are at a higher risk of illness
  • 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. The CDC recommends avoiding gatherings of 10 or more people.

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

Where to buy sandbags, sand, or gravel

Disclaimer: The City of St. Paul does not endorse one of these companies over another, nor does it verify the inventory of each.  The companies are listed in alphabetical order. More companies or stores may offer these products for purchase as well. This information is gathered and presented as a courtesy and for informational purposes only.

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: May 8, 2020