Looking ahead to a second crest

The Stillwater Gazette posts a recap of yesterday morning’s community flood meeting. While the first crest is forecast for Friday at a level below flood stage (but high enough to close the Lift Bridge), a second crest will likely be higher.  Other items in the Gazette story:

  • Xcel Energy representatives discussed ways downtown business owners should prepare for the flood and potential utility disconnection.
  • Police Chief John Gannaway noted that while there are no current plans to restrict access to downtown, the city would require passes in the event of a major flood, as was done during the major 1965 and 2001 floods.
  • Information on preparations at the Andersen Windows factory, located along the riverfront in Bayport.
  • The Washington County Sheriff’s Department has set up a command post in Lake St. Croix Beach.

The National Weather Service posted a new outlook yesterday evening elaborating on the risk of a second crest:

A SNOWPACK STILL REMAINS IN THE UPPER MISSISSIPPI BASIN AS WELL
AS THE UPPER ST CROIX RIVER. IN ADDITION…SOME SNOW AND ICE REMAINS
IN THE CROW AND MINNESOTA RIVER BASINS. HENCE…AN INCREASED RISK
FOR FLOODING REMAINS WHEN THE FINAL MELT OCCURS.

THE EXTENDED WEATHER FORECAST KEEPS BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES
ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH THE END OF MARCH. TEMPERATURES WILL
REBOUND INTO THE LOWER AND MID 40S ON THURSDAY AND FRIDAY AND
INTO THE 40S FOR THIS WEEKEND. THE WARMER TEMPERATURES TOWARD
THE END OF THE WEEK WILL HELP TO MELT SOME OF THE SNOW PACK.
HOWEVER…A SIGNIFICANT MELT IS NOT EXPECTED AT THIS TIME.

AS THE FINAL MELT PUSHES MORE INTO APRIL…THE RISK INCREASES FOR A
RAPID MELT EITHER BY TEMPERATURES…A HEAVY RAIN EVENT OR BOTH.

Finally, Hudson Patch has a new gallery of Lakefront Park high water photos.

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