Some video just posted on YouTube presents a reality many of us hadn't considered before about the flooding in the Northland. It's likely some things are never going to be the way they were before. Portions of some rivers and canals, in fact, are going to be in entirely different places than they were just a few days ago.
This video from Thompson, in the Jay Cooke State Park, is a perfect example. How do you fix this?
Also posted today is this video of the famous swinging bridge in the state park. Whatever is left of it can't last much longer.
In happier times:
Photo: Swinging Bridge over the St. Louis River by stpaulgirl, on Flickr
It looks like it was a manmade levy that washed away. Since that strema gets fille from Thompson Reservoir, they'll just have to cut the water off to the gulley at some point and rebuild the levy. Take a look at this
Link for the overhead and you get a good picture of where the break occurred.
The power of water never ceases to amaze and scare me.
Thankfully, the USGS stream gauge at Scanlon shows the St Louis River is finally starting to drop below 16 feet. Hopefully the Swinging Bridge can keep holding on.
It reminds me of what my friend the Army Corps guy always says. "The river always wins in the end."
Yup, John P. and never poke at the snake.
(You know how those Chrisitans like their visuals of water.)
Makes me wish that whoever engineered the swinging bridge had also engineered the Greenway bridge in south Minneapolis.