Stillwater is staring down the barrel of a February flood — you read that right, a February flood.
The National Weather Service predicts the St. Croix River will rise above 684 feet in the next week. As of 9 p.m. Feb. 22, the river level was at 678.2 feet.
For context, the average water level for the St. Croix River in Stillwater is 675 feet.
The rare February flood will cause Hockey Day Minnesota organizers and crews with the Stillwater Ice Castles to get to work removing temporary buildings and structures that remain in Lowell Park.
Chances are pretty good that photographers will have an opportunity later this week and early next to capture some unique shots of a moat surrounding the remnants of the ice castle.
The following are elevations (in feet) of various impacts due to flooding:
- Stillwater Riverwalk becomes inundated: 678
- Minnesota and Wisconsin may impose a no wake zone on the river: 683
- Due to safety issues, the Stillwater lift bridge will close: 686
- Approximate 100-year flood stage: 692.5
- Action Stage: 680
- Flood Stage: 687
- Moderate Flood Stage: 688
- Major Flood Stage: 689