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Floodwaters of the St. Croix River were approaching the south end of First Street in Hudson on Monday morning, June 23. Hudson Public Works Director Tom Zeuli said he expects the south end of First Street to be covered by water by Friday. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)

First Street project affected by high water

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The Stillwater Lift Bridge was closed to traffic Monday morning because of the rising level of the St. Croix River, and will remain closed until further notice from the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

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The closure is expected to cause an increase in traffic through Hudson as commuters use the Interstate 94 bridge as an alternate route to and from the Twin Cities.

According to the National Weather Service, the river level at Stillwater Monday morning was 686 feet above sea level, one foot under what is considered to be flood stage at Hudson.

Much of the southern half of Lakefront Park in Hudson was under water Monday morning. Signs were posted warning people to stay out of the park because of the flooding.

The Lakefront Park boat launch and the beach remain closed because of the high water.

The floodwaters were approaching First Street near the boat launch, and there was standing water in the street at a stormwater catch basin.

The high water will likely delay the resurfacing of the south end of First Street that was scheduled for this week.

Hudson Public Works Director Tom Zeuli said Monday morning that the paving contractor will begin work at 5 a.m. Wednesday, June 25, at the north end of the project and proceed south “as far as they can.”

The north end of the project is at Elm Street. Zeuli expects the repaving to continue to Wisconsin Street, and wrap up on Thursday.

He said he expects the south end of First Street to be under water on Thursday and Friday, when the St. Croix is predicted to crest at 687.2 feet above sea level.

The intersection of First and Buckeye streets is at 687 feet above sea level.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
(715) 426-1066
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