The Chippewa River at Eau Claire is expected to rise to near flood stage by Saturday, and additional rainfall could drive that crest higher.
The city reports that the Grand Avenue gauge read 761.85 feet Wednesday morning, which is about 11 feet below the downtown flood stage of 773. By Saturday morning, the crest is projected to be 772.5, a half-foot from the flood stage.
At that reading, water would cover the Chippewa River Trail at the Hobbs Ice Center boat landing and behind Haas Fine Arts Center near the UW-Eau Claire footbridge. Lower areas of Owen Park also would flood, including the tennis courts.
Lower areas of Riverview Drive along the river on the north side of the city also could flood.