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Mississippi crests in St. Paul with no damage

ST. PAUL — The Mississippi River appears to be going down in St. Paul after hitting its crest about a day earlier and a foot lower than once forecast.

The National Weather Services reports the river was at 18.28 feet early this morning after cresting at nearly 18.5 feet Wednesday.

Water levels are expected to slowly fall for the rest of the week and drop below major flood state of 17 feet on Sunday night. Regular flood stage is 14 feet.

City spokeswoman Erin Dady said that the new flood prediction was good news for Shepard Road downtown. It would have been more prone to flooding at the earlier predicted crest of 19.4 feet.

Wednesday's crest is the Mississippi's eighth-highest level in St. Paul history, but no homes or businesses were damaged.

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