With the City of Stillwater planning for potential flooding this spring, we thought we’d look back at the historic April 1965 flood. The Minnesota DNR lists that event as holding the record for the St. Croix river flooding in Stillwater at 94.10 feet.
From the library’s John Runk Historical Collection, the bridge photo shows the 1965 flood looking Northeast from Nelson Street (near where the Dock Stillwater restaurant is now). The water is over the bridge and the left section is raised. The downtown photo shows Civil Defense personnel directing traffic at Main and Chestnut streets looking northeast (the corner where Ziggy’s is currently). At the flood’s crest, the traffic was not allowed past Second Street.