Stillwater officials preparing for St. Croix River to rise

Coming days and weeks will determine if a levee system is needed

Sloane Martin
March 14, 2019 - 5:38 am

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A Flood Watch is in effect for the Metro through Thursday evening with more rain on the way, and places like Stillwater are taking precautions.

Perched on the edge of the St. Croix River, city crews are preparing for it to rise in the coming days and weeks.

"We're basically trying to get all the snow out of downtown," Mayor Ted Koslowski said. "We're getting ready to set up the jersey barrier. As of March 18 we're closing all of the parking lots east of Water Street and barricading all of those off so we have room for all of our city crrews and volunteers when we need them to get to work."

He said at this point, it's not clear if a little sandbagging will do the trick, or if they'll need to construct a levee system. If the river rises too high, he says MNDot will need to raise the old Stillwater lift bridge manually to allow debris to pass through.  

RELATED: St. Croix River spring flooding could break records

The community is ready to help. The Facebook group Stillwater Flood Volunteers has more than 1500 members 

According to the National Weather Service as of 4:15 a.m. Thursday, the river is about 10 feet below the flood stage of 87 feet. Rainfall and higher temperatures above freezing combined with a heavy snow pack is contributing to the excess water runoff.

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