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Stillwater Tests Bridge, Builds Levee Ahead Of Flood

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Stillwater Lift Bridge (credit: CBS)

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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Stillwater, Minn. is preparing for the rising flood waters.

Chief of Police John Gannaway said that the city will start to build an emergency levee to hold back water from the St. Croix River on Wednesday or Thursday.

Gannaway said that motorists can expect delays during the construction.

MnDOT crews will be also begin testing the Stillwater Lift Bridge Tuesday afternoon. Starting at 1:15 p.m., crews will start raise and lower the bridge to make sure the lift motors are working.

The bridge hasn’t been raised up since last fall, so crews want to make sure it’s functioning in case they have to close it due to flooding. Tests will be done at 3 p.m., but drivers can expect 10 minute delays during the whole process.

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