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Stillwater to go ahead with levee on St. Croix

Workers from MnDOT construct temporary berms from plastic sheathing and tons of sand along the northbound lane of Highway 169 just north of St. Peter, Minn., on Monday. The nearby Minnesota River heavily damaged a section of the busy highway in the same area during flooding last fall and is expected to crest later this week. (AP Photo/Mankato Free Press, John Cross)

STILLWATER, Minn. (AP) — Stillwater is now going ahead with dikes on its St. Croix River waterfront.

Officials planned to start work Thursday morning, then held off pending a firmer forecast. Police Chief John Gannaway said the National Weather Service now projects a first crest slightly above 687 feet, about a foot higher than expected earlier in the day.

So the city now plans to start Friday on a “modified levee” at just the lowest elevations of the originally planned dike, at the very south and north ends. The work should be finished by this weekend.

The weather service reiterated to city officials that Stillwater is not out of the woods. The melt north of Stillwater has not been completed, and the city could see more flooding, including a second crest, later on.

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