The Public Works skid steer moves a huge block of ice cut from Carr Creek. Photo courtesy of Krista Swanson
The Public Works skid steer moves a huge block of ice cut from Carr Creek. Photo courtesy of Krista Swanson

By Paul J. Seeling with Brent Knegendorf, Woodville Public Works

WOODVILLE, WI – Brent Knegendorf, director of Public Works for the Village of Woodville, has been keeping a close watch on Carr Creek of late, specifically on the Southside Drive bridge that crosses over the creek.

With the heavy rains last week, the creek began rising and there was a thick ice dam (two feet or more) on both sides and under bridge.The ice dam and rain created a major concern about flooding out the Village sewer lift station by the bridge.

If the lift station were to flood it would overflow as it did a few years ago when the creek flooded due to heavy rains. That could be a health concern, and Knegendorf wasn’t about to let it happen a again if he and Woodville Public Works could help it.

Last Thursday night’s rain had Knegendorf calling in the large St. Croix County backhoe with jackhammer attachment and operator to blast out the ice in massive boulder-like chunks. Woodville Public Works joined in the ice battle with the big frontend load and skid steer loader to clear and pile up the blocks of ice the backhoe clawed out of the creek.

This continued until a channel was created to allow the water of Carr Creek to flow over Southside Drive.After an 18-hour day, the mission was successful with no sewer backup occurring. Knegendorf did have Southside Drive closed temporarily from sometime Thursday until Monday morning March 18.

“I believe we are over the hump now with the slow melt and no rain predicted,” said Knegendorf, adding, “But you just never know what the weather can do, right?”