Sunday’s flood updates

For those of you who are catching up on the last few days of flood news, the St. Croix River crested on Thursday, but the Stillwater Lift Bridge remained open. This morning, the river appeared noticeably lower. With warmer temperatures, rain, and snow in the forecast for the next week, however, the waters will likely rise again. As we heard last week, a second crest is a real possibility. Indeed, the weather service issued a new flood warning yesterday:

THIS RIVER FORECAST IS BASED ON SATURATED GROUND FROM PREVIOUS AND
ON GOING SNOW MELT…AND OR THE PRECIPITATION RECEIVED OVER THE LAST
FEW DAYS…AND THE FORECAST SNOW MELT WHERE APPROPRIATE…AND THE
FORECAST PRECIPITATION OUT FOR THE NEXT SEVERAL DAYS. HEAVY RAINS WILL CAUSE EXTRA RUNOFF THAT WILL CAUSE RIVER LEVELS TO
RISE EVEN HIGHER AND FASTER THAN PREDICTED.

The current flood forecast shows predictions that the water will fall slightly in the next few days, before rising again and reaching flood stage by the weekend:

Yesterday’s warm weather had many people in downtown Stillwater looking at the flood preparations. The south half of the parking lot behind the Maple Island building has re-opened, accommodating River Market customers. But with the main riverfront parking lots remaining closed, parking downtown is more of a challenge than usual. If you’re heading downtown today, good parking options include the municipal ramp at Second and Commercial streets or the free lot at Second and Nelson, across from Teddy Bear Park.

Recent news coverage:

On Friday, the Stillwater Gazette wrote about Thursday’s crest and the closing of the county’s command post in Lakeland.

The Woodbury Bulletin talked with Afton business owners about the flood threat. A typical quote:

“We’ve lived through other floods,” said Sail Away Café owner Marj Weir. “You have a couple bad weeks, but you more than make up for it with good summers.”

The Hudson Star-Observer describes flood preparations there, including 8,000 sandbags filled by a team of volunteers led by a retired Army Reserves colonel with expertise in logistics. Church and scout groups have joined in.

And in Bayport, all 335 Andersen Elementary students filled sandbags last week, with students racing to compete with other classes.

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