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Flooded St. Croix River forces marinas to delay start of boating season

The river hit 89.26 feet this week, more than 2 feet above flood stage

The high waters of the St. Croix River mean the spring boating season will likely be delayed, perhaps by up to a month, as marinas have been forced to hold off on launching the vessels in their care.

Some marinas in Stillwater, Afton and Hudson, Wis., have had to build temporary berms to protect their offices, while others have had no choice but to let the river run through their property. It's not fun, marina managers said, but it's not unexpected at any of the longtime businesses that the river sometimes takes control of the calendar.

"It's a flood," said Ken Wolf of Wolf Marine in Stillwater, adding that his third-generation marina has been through the routine before.


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