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Forum staff reports, Published March 12 2010

MN's Wild Rice sees rapid rise near Twin Valley, Ada

The Wild Rice River in Minnesota rose rapidly this morning, a jump of more than 3 feet in a matter of hours, according to data from the National Weather Service.

North of Twin Valley, the Wild Rice was at 4.1 feet at 11:30 p.m. Thursday, but by 4 a.m. it was up to 5.7 feet. It went up 2 more feet in the next 30 minutes and has held at about 7.7 feet.

Further upstream south of Ada, the Wild Rice has risen more steadily. It was at about 11 feet at 9 p.m. on Thursday but was 14.7 feet at 7:15 a.m.

The Hendrum gauge has not seen the same sort of steep increase. It was at 9.7 feet at 7 a.m., up from about 8 feet at 6 p.m. on Thursday.

What’s causing the rise is not immediately clear, said Vince Godon, a NWS meteorologist in Grand Forks.

Godon said a local official did confirm the river is actually up, so the issue is not faulty gauge readings. An ice jam could be forcing water to back up, he said.

More information should be available later today, Godon said.