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Boat launches and gazebos in Newport near the Historic Grove Street Overlook were submerged Tuesday as the Mississippi River moves inward threatening nearby homes. (Bulletin photo by Emily Buss)

Newport declares state of emergency ahead of expected flood

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The swollen Mississippi River is bearing down on south Washington County and in anticipation of what is expected to be a record flood, the city of Newport has declared a state of emergency.

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A handful of properties along the uncertified levee in the northwest portion of the city are already battling encroaching floodwater, which is expected to crest Thursday, with as many as 60 homes in danger if the city’s lift station fails.

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Emily Buss
Emily Buss joined the South Washington County Bulletin in February 2013. She covers local government in Cottage Grove, St. Paul Park and Newport, along with other general assignment reporting. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communications from Minnesota State University, Mankato.
(651) 459-4629
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