Some of today’s flood news stories:
- The Stillwater Lift Bridge is closed today to allow Mn/DOT to test the lift mechanism. If (when) the river gets too high, they’ll need to close the bridge and leave the lift span open. There are some great photos — which I hope to post later — of people canoeing across the flooded bridge during the 1965 and 1969 floods.
- The Country Messenger wonders if the lift bridge could survive being submerged again.
- Stillwater employees and volunteers filled 60,000 sandbags last week before operations were suspended. The city plans to begin constructing the dike today or tomorrow. Community Thread is organizing the volunteer efforts.
- The Woodbury Bulletin looks at preparations in Afton