As the Mississippi River rises in St. Paul, officials are preparing for the flood by closing roads and raising flood walls.
Crews at the St. Paul Downtown Airport are deploying a temporary flood wall that was developed in 2008, according to a news release from the Metropolitan Airports Commission. The wall can reach as high as 8.5 feet, but the airport is only deploying it to about 6.5 feet. The airport is holding off on extending the wall all 3,200 feet, but could change course if the weather forecast changes.
The river is expected to crest next week at major flood stage.