Harriet Island floodwaters continue to recede ahead of upcoming music festival
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Harriet Island floodwaters continue to recede ahead of upcoming music festival

River levels in Minnesota continue to drop after record flooding. Much of Harriet Island in St. Paul is flooded, but officials are hopeful it will drain quickly enough for an upcoming music festival.

Just before July 4, the Mississippi River in St. Paul burst its banks, blocking roads, flooding the pavilion and inundating much of Harriet Island.

At its worst, the Mississippi River in St. Paul was three feet above flood stage. Since it peaked less than two weeks ago, it has fallen eight feet. Water levels are receding, and the island is slowly returning to normal.

City officials are hopeful the drought will continue as crews continue to work as, in less than a week, thousands of concert-goers hope to attend the inaugural Minnesota Yacht Club Music Festival.

The two-day event features a wide range of performers from Gwen Stefani to the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The music festival is set to take place July 19-20 at Harriet Island Regional Park, but there’s still plenty to do.

City officials say crews will be able to begin preparations for the event as soon as conditions allow, and they are confident the park will be ready to host the Yacht Club Festival as planned.