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Most of the trail through Levee Park was covered in water Thursday. (Star Gazette photos by Katrina Styx)

Flood was major downtown attraction last week

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The Hastings riverfront was a popular spot this past week, despite several signs warning people to stay back.

Extensive rainfall throughout the state poured into the Mississippi River, swelling its banks to unusual heights in Hastings. The flood crested Friday at 19.1 feet, making it the seventh-worst flood in recorded history, according to National Weather Service records.


“We’ve seen levels like this before, but it’s been awhile,” said Hastings Mayor Paul Hicks.

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Katrina Styx
Katrina Styx has been a reporter for the Hastings Star Gazette since 2010. She has a bachelor's degree in English with a minor in journalism from the University of Wisconsin - River Falls. Prior to coming to Hastings, Katrina reported for weekly newspapers in Jordan, Minn., and River Falls, Wis.
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