A drought impacted Central Minnesota last summer and fall. St. Cloud Public Services Director Tracy Hodel says St. Cloud is at normal water levels but to maintain that we could use a "significant amount of rain" to get over the water level hump we're at right now.

Hodel says she hopes to have an above average April rain fall to help replenish the water that disappeared last summer due to the drought.  She says the 30-day forecast indicates a significant amount of rain and that is good news.

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Hodel says a large amount of snow and rain north of St. Cloud this winter is great for the Mississippi River water levels and for the St. Cloud water treatment center on the hydro energy and water side.

She says the warm up and then freeze and warm up and freeze is actually good for them because seeing the water gradually make its way to St. Cloud is better than all of the snow to melt at once and rush our direction.  That helps for energy production and water distribution.

If you like like to listen to my conversation with Tracy Hodel it is available below.



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