St. Croix Rising at Alarming Rate

June 20, 2018 06:44 PM

Stillwater is an old river town used to high water on the St. Croix River, and even flooding in some cases.

But at the moment, the river is at 683.5 feet above sea level.

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"It's just not normal anymore, and so as a city and trying to plan for events and maintaining our parks and everything else, it's just tough," mayor Ted Kozlowski said.

RELATED: Officials Concerned about Additional Flooding after Northern Wis. Dam Fails

"At 686, 687 (feet is) when things start flooding the parking lot and things get bad. Right now, the river's not forecasted to do that. It's forecasted to go up another foot and a half from where we're at right now."

The mayor has been reaching out to city staff, letting them know things are moving quickly and they need to be prepared for serious flooding in downtown Stillwater.

The flooding could impact Stillwater's Fourth of July festivities, which are two weeks away.

RELATED: Northern Wisconsin Dam Fails, Walker Issues State of Emergency in the Area

And Stillwater isn't the only place dealing with high water.

The Minnesota River Greenway Trail is closed because of flooding. Crystal Lake in Burnsville is also under no-wake restrictions, just like those restrictions now on place on the St. Croix.

The St. Croix is expected to crest Thursday or Friday, then begin going down.

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Todd Wilson

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