St. Croix River expected to crest Sunday
Barring any additional rain between now and then, the St. Croix River is expected to crest Sunday, June 3, in Hudson at 686 feet, 4 inches above sea level.
The water level as of Friday afternoon was 686 feet, according to Dennis Darnold, the city's community development director. Flood stage is 687 feet.
Parts of Lakefront Park are under water and posted for people to stay away. The boat launch near the south end of the park is closed.
Darnold said the city is keeping an eye on Front Street south of I-94 and if the water rises as high as is expected, the street may have to be closed. The city will inform the affected residents by phone if a decision is made to close the street, he said.
The lowest part of Front Street will be under about a foot and a half of water if the St. Croix reaches the expected level. The water already has topped the floodwalls in the southern half of Lakefront Park.
The intersection of First and Buckeye streets is at 687 feet above sea level. The top of the dike road is at 691 feet.
The highest flood elevation in Hudson since records have been kept was 694.1 feet, which occurred on April 14, 1965.
The second-worst flood happened in 2001 when the water level reached 692.3 feet.