April 19, 2019 06:15 PM
It's obvious the city of St. Paul Public Works Department knows a thing or two about spring flooding. After the Mississippi River crested a few weeks ago, they kept barriers for roads and trails in place knowing that spring rain could bring more flooding.
"With the spring flood and the second crest, it is a lot of patience for everybody," said Lisa Hiebert, a spokeswoman for St. Paul Public Works. "I know people want to get out there and enjoy and get around. It's just a little harder to do that right now so just bear with us, and once the water goes down, we'll get in there and clean it up as quickly as soon as we can."
Harriet Island Regional Park will remain closed through next week as the second crest is expected to hit in mid-week.
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Meanwhile, some families enjoyed the power and beauty of the water by having picnics on a gorgeous Friday afternoon.
"The kids love coming down by the river," Julie Amack, of Mound, said. "So we packed a lunch so we could enjoy it. I didn't realize that so much of it was closed and that this is the only part that's open to view it from this area."
As soon as the river recedes, public works crews will move in and clean up the riverfront parks and roads to get them ready for summer.
Updated: April 19, 2019 06:15 PM
Created: April 19, 2019 04:14 PM
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