Stillwater, anticipating floods, closes some riverfront areas
An earlier National Weather Service forecast said there was a 73% chance of major flooding
March 22, 2023
The city of Stillwater will shut several riverfront parking lots on Wednesday in preparation for dike construction and sandbagging to begin next week, measures deemed necessary after the National Weather Service forecast significant flooding along the St. Croix River.
The closures include the popular bicycle and pedestrian path across the Stillwater Lift Bridge.
Late-season snow and cold temperatures that have kept the moisture locked up in snowpack and ice upstream from Stillwater have created dire flood conditions, according to the Weather Service. An updated forecast expected Thursday will clarify the chances of the river reaching the major flood stage of 89 feet.