Flood in the Upper Mississippi.
The St. Paul Times of Wednesday says that the present high stage of water in the Mississippi is doing a great deal of damage thereabouts. The water has escaped from its legitimate bounds and at many places, above and below, St. Paul, it is spreading over a large tract of fertile land like a sea. The village of West St. Paul seems threatened with complete inundation, should the river rise six inches higher than it now is; and already a considerable portion of it is overflowed, and the water running in streams through some of its principle streets.
The Times adds:
“The water is at least a foot higher than it was a little after this time last year. – Again, in this city, that portion of the First Ward which borders on the river, where the land lies very low, is almost covered with water. Here there are numerous shanties partially submerged, and the occupants of these have been obliged to ‘flee to the housetops.’ We think the river is now at a stand – it was last evening. This unprecedented rise (at least for a number of years,) is caused by the melting of deep snows in the far up country, which fell during the latter part of winter. – We fear immense damage will further result to the country below us.”