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National Weather Service issues flood watch

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The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for the Mississippi River near Hastings. As of 6 a.m. Friday, the stage was at 5.84 feet. Flood stage is at 15 feet. The alert suggested that the flood stage could be reached by the last weekend of March. Forecasts predict the water could rise to 14 feet by March 25.

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The NWS has not updated its long-term flood forecasts. Predictions based on conditions mid-February still point to a 50 percent chance the river will reach 24.5 feet.

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