Flood preparations escalate in Red WingOn Wednesday morning, the river was at 8.12 feet with readings expected to rise to 16 feet by March 30. The National Weather Service will be coming out with updated stats during the afternoon of Thursday.
By: Lynn Nardinger, Red Wing Public Works deputy director, The Republican Eagle
On Wednesday morning, the river was at 8.12 feet with readings expected to rise to 16 feet by March 30. The National Weather Service will be coming out with updated stats during the afternoon of Thursday.
Red Wing Grain will build an embankment around its site, extending onto Levee Road past their scale and dump. Lanes will be narrowed through this area.
YMCA, ADM, and Red Wing Depot staff members also are all filling sandbags in preparation for the flooding.
City crews will be removing the dock on Levee wall and taking it down to Colvill Park where it will be placed in the bay.
They are also setting up concrete barricades in anticipation of closing the parks. All park buildings and structures have been emptied and sandbagged.
All barricades have been placed along the streets ready to be set up as the water rises.
Staff has been meeting with county and state officials, Xcel, Treasure Island and Prairie Island about potential road closings.
Another meeting is planned for Thursday afternoon after the weather service comes out with their updates.
Another area of concern is the Jordan River. As the ground water table rises, businesses and residents in downtown and on the East End may experience seepage in their basements. This usually occurs when river readings rise above 14 feet. Residents are encouraged to contact the Public Works office if they have questions.