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Stillwater to close parking lots in anticipation of flooding

Stillwater to close parking lots in anticipation of flooding Photo: KSTP

March 18, 2019 12:45 PM

The city of Stillwater plans to close all parking lots east of Water Street beginning Tuesday in anticipation of spring flooding.

In a Facebook post, the city cites National Weather Service projections that the St. Croix River has a 90 percent chance of reaching major flood stage.

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In anticipation of that, the city said all parking lots east of Water Street, including the bike/walking trail from Laurel Street to the Oak Park Heights border will be fenced off. Signs will be posted and the closure will be strictly enforced.

City officials also said a temporary levee/dike wall running 2,000 feet in length will be built from Nelson Street to Laurel Street. The wall is expected to be built to an elevation of 694 feet.

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At some point, the post said, volunteers may be needed for sandbagging operations. More information can be found on the Washington County Flood Response 2019 Facebook page.

Meanwhile, to the south in Mankato, the city has announced several closures due to safety reasons regarding flooding.

They are:

  • Lane of Memories Park at 300 Amos Owen Lane.
  • The lower dog park and the trails at the Kiwanis Recreation Area, located at 2301 Highway 169 North (the upper dog park remains open).
  • The Minnesota River Trail from Sibley to Riverfront Parks.

A release said the areas are expected to reopen once river water recedes.

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