By Courtney King, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

STILLWATER, Minn. (WCCO) — With spring flooding closing in, the City of Stillwater is looking for volunteers to help fill sandbags.

Mayor Ken Harycki said they’ve been planning since December for major flooding along the St. Croix River, and this year they’re going to need plenty of help.

“We will be starting sandbag operations today at 10 o’clock in the morning. We anticipate we will be continuing with those operations for the next two weeks or so. We have 120,000 sandbags to fill, so there’s quite a lot of work to be done,” explained Harycki.

Mayor Ken Harycki Talks With NewsRadio 830 WCCO (Part One)

Harycki suggests all volunteers visit the city’s website for instructions. He said they want to be very careful that they don’t have too many volunteers show up on one day and not have anything for them to do.

According to Harycki, Stillwater is no stranger to flooding.

“We seem to have a 50- or 100-year flood every couple years, unfortunately. So they city staff has quite a bit of experience in building protective levies, to protect the downtown,” said Harycki. “We’ve never had a major event where we lost the downtown, but it’s always a concern.”

Mayor Ken Harycki Talks With NewsRadio 830 WCCO (Part Two)

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

Comments (6)
  1. mossy says:

    It seems like a 50 or 100 year flood happening every other year isn’t a 50 or 100 year flood. RE evaluate people!

  2. a says:

    To bad its not Madison flooding!

  3. harlan says:

    the 50/100 year is an Engineering term for he probabilities of it happening., not when they actually happen

  4. Jack Straw says:

    Maybe if the mayor spent a little less time whining about his precious freeway bridge and a little more time on permanent flood protection for his city, he wouldn’t be begging for sandbagging volunteers.

    1. Swamp Fox says:

      Jack Straw, put-up or be quiet! I don’t see you in line to fill sandbags. Also, I hope you made your detour plans for when the old St.Croix/Stillwater bridge closes for flood waters.

      What have you done to improve Stillwater life today?

  5. jill smith says:

    Funny that they can’t even get the spelling of the mayors name right. It is Ken Harycki.

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