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Both Mississippi, St. Croix rivers above banks Thursday

HUDSON, WI (WTAQ) - The Mississippi and Saint Croix rivers are still above their banks Thursday afternoon along most of Wisconsin's western border.

The National Weather Service says the St. Croix at Stillwater is about 5 inches above its flood stage -- and it's supposed to rise another couple inches before cresting Friday afternoon.

The St. Croix might not get within its banks until Monday night. That's bad news for northwest Wisconsin commuters with jobs across the border in Minnesota.

The low-sitting Stillwater Lift Bridge has been closed since Monday due to the flood waters. There's no word on when it will re-open.

Until then, drivers must use I-94 at Hudson or Highway 243 at Osceola to go to and from the Gopher State.

On the Mississippi, major flooding continues at Hastings Minnesota, across the border from Prescott. Warnings continue into next week as far south as Prairie du Chien.

Meanwhile, scattered thunderstorms with hail and heavy rains are possible Thursday afternoon in southwest Wisconsin. However, the Weather Service had not issued any storm watches or warnings as of early Thursday afternoon.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)