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Chippewa River Update - 5/21/19

Post Date:05/21/2019 11:20 AM

Chippewa River Update                                                                                      For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Recent heavy rain in the upper Chippewa River watershed is causing increased levels on the Chippewa River in Eau Claire.

At 8 a.m. the Chippewa River gauge at Grand Avenue read 774.39 feet, which is just over one (1) foot above flood stage.

For the safety of residents the following areas are closed:

  • Chippewa River Trail
    • Lighting along the Eau Claire river has been disconnected
    • street underpasses
      • Farwell St.
      • Madison St.
    • UW-Eau Claire Fine Arts Building
    • Boat landing behind Hobbs Ice Arena
  • Owen Park – including; lower levels, the tennis courts and parking lot are now closed

The City will continue to monitor the river closely and provide information and updates as necessary.


What Residents Can Do

Stay Safe

When rivers are at an increased level they can contain debris and generate currents that are stronger, faster, and more unpredictable than normal which makes recreational use of the river unsafe.

Stay Informed

Sign up for Rave Alerts through Smart911 – a free service that will provide emergency messages to you via text, recorded message, email, or all three.

Get email updates through the City of Eau Claire website at Under “Our City” look for e-Notifications.

Further information is available on the City’s website at or contact the City of Eau Claire, Department of Community Services 715-839-4649.  A recorded version of the river level update is available at 715-839-6002.




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