2021 Flood Season in Saint Paul

Flood Update - March 18, 2021

Where do we stand now?

  • Soil Moisture is…Below Normal!
    After two years of record high soil moisture, 2021 starts with near to below normal soil moisture over the entire area, thanks to a dry autumn. This will allow for the soil to absorb more snowmelt once the thaw occurs.
  • It will take a heavy, significant rainfall to create flooding on the Mississippi River in St. Paul this season.

For more information and updates:

Flood Insurance

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.


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. 
  • 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. 

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: March 18, 2021