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St. Croix River at Stillwater

Kevin Giles, Star Tribune

St. Croix River peaks, rapidly declines

  • Article by: KEVIN GILES
  • Star Tribune
  • June 4, 2012 - 11:08 PM

The flooding St. Croix River will fall nearly 4 feet in the next week, according to National Weather Service projections.

The river crested earlier than expected -- at 85.99 feet -- on Friday night but stayed high through the weekend. By Monday, however, the river had dropped a foot.

The National Park Service, which oversees the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, announced that boat landings at Minnesota Interstate State Park and the Osceola picnic area had reopened, but boaters, canoeists and kayakers still were discouraged from going onto the river because of debris, dangerous currents and reduced clearances at bridges.

At some landings, parking lots remained underwater. A no-wake boating restriction from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources remains in effect.

The Stillwater Lift Bridge remained open.

The St. Croix rose about 7 feet after heavy rain in May. The weekend crest fell short of "minor flood stage," one of four formal National Weather Service declarations that signal rising water.

The highest level on the St. Croix River came on April 18, 1965, at 94.1 feet, and resulted in significant flooding in downtown Stillwater. The city continues to seek federal funds to build a flood wall between Lowell Park and downtown.

For boat landing information go to: www.startribune.com/a1347.

Kevin Giles • 651-925-5037 • Twitter: @stribgiles

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