This shot was taken from the ground as crews began to cut the DeSoto bridge to pieces, span by span. Flight Flash is producing a video that will commemorate the DeSoto bridge from demolition to construction of the new Granite City Crossing bridge. Stay tuned….
Late Thursday evening on September 17, 2009, emergency services responded to the scene at E. St. Germain Street where an individual had been struck by a vehicle. During the event, a 15-year-old relative of the victim allegedly fired at the vehicle with a pistol. Again, Flight Flash has the exclusive photos as no other photojournalists were on scene.
VIDEO At the scene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIFD17xV3Ow
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One year ago, the DeSoto bridge in St. Cloud was all but stripped down to it’s steel girders. Demolition had begun only 12 days before on September 3, 2008.
Bursts of light on the horizon and a few audible pops caught my attention just around 9:30 this evening. Thinking it might be lightning, I pulled up the radar to see if there was a storm coming. The radar indicated no storm anywhere near. When I saw the sky flash again, and could hear fire sirens near, I clicked on the radio to learn there was an electrical pole sparking at 1225 W. St. Germain St. Here you see the situation is under control, and the SCFD is awaiting Excel Energy to repair any damage.
One year ago, on September 12, 2008, the new Great River Regional Library opened to the public for it’s first day. This composite image was captured from the Flight Flash helicopter during the last burst of daylight that day. Flight Flash often uses current satellite imagery to estimate the quality of light, particularly towards the end of the day. In this case, launch was delayed in anticipation of the last rays of good lighting to document this historic opening.
I think this shot is quite beautiful, and I was happy to see it on WJON.com. I’ll archive it here so it may continue to be enjoyed.
These shots were grabbed from the Flight Flash helicopter on September 3rd, 2008, as the Desoto Bridge demolition began. Flight Flash.com will continue to post images of the demolition in its first year anniversary. Keep watch also for the first year anniversary photo of the opening day of the new St. Cloud public library.
Click this link to see a short video of a flight from August 31. The Beaver Islands are on the Mississippi River just south of St. Cloud and currently experiencing a very low water level not uncommon for this time of year.