Thursday, June 19, 2014

Minnehaha Awash

Here in the Twin Cities we've had an incredible amount of rain over the past few days. As a result, there has been flash flooding and numerous road closures throughout the metro area.

I live close to Minnehaha Creek, and as you'll see from these photos, it has overflowed its banks in the area near my home in south Minneapolis, leaving parts of Minnehaha Parkway awash.

Reports KMSP (via the Star Tribune):

According to United States Geological Survey water information data, Minnehaha Creek is so high that it can't be electronically measured after unrelenting June rain continues to plague the Twin Cities.

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District said Thursday marked a record-breaking high for water levels on Lake Minnetonka and a stunning increase of 2.88 inches overnight to a historic high of 930.77. The previous record of 930.66 was set on June 3 – and more rain is on the way.

Notes the Star Tribune:

Rainfall of historic proportions turned Minnesota into a vast wetland Thursday, and although skies were expected to clear Friday, the flood threat was mounting, especially on the Minnesota, Mississippi and Crow rivers. . . . The Twin Cities metro area also was inundated. By Thursday night, 3 to 6 inches of rain had fallen across the metro, swelling streams, rivers and lakes; sending water and mud gushing into roads, parks and yards, and causing sewer system backups. Flash flood warnings were in effect in a broad swath across the metro area.

. . . The water level on Lake Minnetonka, recorded since 1906, reached an all-time high Thursday of 930.77 feet above sea level, breaking the record set only 16 days earlier. Minnehaha Creek also set a record, rising quickly in south Minneapolis and overflowing its banks in many spots along Minnehaha Parkway, much of which was closed Thursday.

Related Off-site Links:
Twin Cities Rain Blitz Breaks Record – and Isn't Stopping – Andy Rathbun and Joseph Lindberg (Pioneer Press, June 19, 2014).
Across Minnesota, Relentless Rainfall Creates Perils and Hassles – Paul Walsh, Jennifer Brooks and Kelly Smith (Star Tribune, June 19, 2014).
Heavy Rainfall Makes It Wettest Start to Year Since 1871 – Melissa Turtinen (Bring Me the News, June 19, 2014).
Flash Flooding Hits the Twin Cities; Governor Dayton Declares State of Emergency – CBS Minnesota (June 19, 2014).
Mudslide: Hill Collapses Near West Bank Hospital – Shelby Capacio (Fox 9 News, June 19, 2014).
State Officials Advise No Unnecessary Travel in Metro Area – Ben Grove (Bring Me the News, June 19, 2014).
17 Epic Photos of Minnehaha Falls and Minnehaha Creek FloodingStar Tribune (June 19, 2014).
Kayaker Braves Raging Minnehaha Falls – Jennifer Simonson (MPR News, June 19, 2014).
Pro Kayaker Plunges Over Minnehaha FallsStar Tribune (June 19, 2014).

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
Photo of the Day – May 24, 2014
Springtime by the Creek
A Winter Walk Along Minnehaha Creek
An Autumn Walk Along Minnehaha Creek

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