Flooding closes Stillwater Lift BridgeThe Minnesota Department of Transportation closed the Stillwater Lift Bridge at 10 a.m. Tuesday due to the rising floodwaters of the St. Croix River. The river is expected to crest at 87.2 feet on Thursday.
The Minnesota Department of Transportation closed the Stillwater Lift Bridge at 10 a.m. Tuesday due to the rising floodwaters of the St. Croix River.
The river is still expected to crest at 87.2 feet on Thursday.
With the bridge closure by MnDOT, the city of Stillwater is finishing a jersey-barrier floodwall across Chestnut Street, the street leading to bridge access on the Minnesota side.
Bridge traffic is being detoured south to Interstate 94.
A flood warning, which is in effect until further notice, was issued last week.
Volunteers showed up to help the sandbagging effort in Stillwater on Friday and Saturday, so efforts were cancelled on Sunday.
Flood stage on the St. Croix River is 87 feet. The last time the bridge was closed due to high water was 2001.
Officials say the river may crest even higher than the 87.2 feet currently predicted. If that happens, the flooding levels would become the seventh highest in recorded history.
Historical crests on the St. Croix River, according to the National Weather Service:
--94.10 ft on 04/18/1965
--92.30 ft on 04/27/2001
--92.20 ft on 04/16/1969
--91.10 ft on 04/16/2001
--90.45 ft on 04/12/1997
--89.70 ft on 04/14/1952
--87.90 ft on 06/28/1993
--87.50 ft on 04/06/1986
--87.30 ft on 04/30/1975
Watch for updates and notices on the following Web sites:
City of Stillwater: www.ci.stillwater.mn.us