MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Communities along the Minnehaha Creek faced flooded yards and streets Thursday.
The 22 mile-long creek, which connects Lake Minnetonka and Minnehaha Falls, reached the highest water levels ever recorded Thursday morning. People in the St. Louis Park Creekside neighborhood are helping each other stack sandbags.
Hennepin County issued 3,000 sandbags through Thursday evening. Homeowner Gavin Bart says he began stacking sandbags earlier in June, but never imagined the water would reach such levels.
“It keeps getting worse,” Bart said. “I’m thankful for my neighbors, and trying to help them, too.”
St. Louis Park also asked for volunteers to help with sandbagging efforts in other metro communities. The city also asked people to stay out of all bodies of water in Hennepin County until water levels decrease.
Engineers with the Minnehaha Watershed District estimate water levels in Minnehaha Creek will not reach goal levels until the end of July.
More rain and flooding is expected through Thursday evening, and the runoff from the storm has Bart and his neighbors leaning on each other during what is stacking up to be a long summer.