Water from the Minnesota River lapped up onto the alleyway beneath the footbridge in downtown Granite Falls this week as the river rose above flood stage. The unusually high water is the  result of heavy rains upstream in the Minnesota River basin.


Water from the Minnesota River lapped up onto the alleyway beneath the footbridge in downtown Granite Falls this week as the river rose above flood stage. The unusually high water is the  result of heavy rains upstream in the Minnesota River basin. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers increased the flow at the Lac qui Parle dam earlier this week  in an effort to avoid water flowing over a county road that serves as an emergency spillway to the west of the dam. The river is expected to crest about foot above flood stage on Thursday. The alley will remain closed to traffic until the water recedes.