St. Croix River to reach flood stage this weekend
The St. Croix River is climbing toward flood stage in Afton.
As of Thursday, The National Weather Service on Thursday measured the river height at 86.25 feet. Flood stage is 87 feet.
"87 is our magic number," said Afton Public Works Director Ken Johnson.
Predictions point to the St. Croix River hitting flood stage this weekend and cresting at 87.7 feet next Wednesday.
It will represent the second crest of the spring on the St. Croix. The first crest was below flood stage at Afton.
Gov. Mark Dayton declared a flood emergency on Wednesday for numerous Minnesota counties, including Washington.
Additionally, the Minnesota Department of Transportation was to close the Stillwater Lift Bridge Friday.
Even though the river will hit flood stage, Afton officials said it's no reason for concern - it's nothing they haven't dealt with before.
"It's a lot more bearable now than it was just a couple week ago," Afton City Council member Randy Nelson said.
Afton's Emergency Management Committee held a meeting Thursday to discuss flood preparations.
Currently Afton has 4,000 sandbags filled and 35 concrete barriers on hand to help with flood mitigation.
Additionally, two pumps are set up on Afton's levee. Pumping is expected to begin Friday evening.
"I think we'll be OK," Johnson said.