NOTE: Nina Moini also contributed to this report.
PRIOR LAKE, Minn. (WCCO) — Residents in Prior Lake have been dealing with flooding for weeks now. Neighbors have already used a record number of sandbags, but water levels are just not receding fast enough.
Homeowners have been wading through feet of water to get out of their streets for weeks. They’ve been sandbagging just as long, but finally this week the city council approved bringing in concrete barriers.
Crews can then finally pump water back into the lake from the street.
Prior Lake city leaders decided on this swift procedure after suspending an effort to fill about 10,000 sandbags. Jim Goodman said people in his neighborhood have held up well.
“It’s been a long spell, no doubt,” said Goodman. “We’ve had our ups and downs. And when we had the big rainstorm we had the really big downs, because we knew it would be that much longer until the lake went down. There’s light at the end of the tunnel and everybody’s excited. We’re just thrilled that this is all happening.”