Commercial barge traffic should fully resume on the Mississippi River as early as next Tuesday. Parts of the heavily used upper Mississippi River were left impassible to barge and tug traffic after recent flooding left behind an unwanted surprise.
Golfers like Roosevelt Elliott are returning to tee it up on Hiawatha Golf Course in Minneapolis. “Really, really excited,” Elliot said. “I couldn’t wait to get out here because I wanted to get some exercise. I’ve been chipping and putting, you know, for the past month or so.”
President Obama has declared a disaster in eight Minnesota counties damaged by flooding, unleashing federal funds to help repair millions in damages. June and July storms hit more than 50 of the state’s 87 counties, costing Minnesota an estimated $55 million for flood response and repairs.
The suburban city of Farmington is offering itself up as a temporary fill-in for the state Capitol. State Rep. Pat Garofalo says his city would be perfect to host a special legislative session to address spring flooding damage.
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.
Four weeks have passed since heavy rain invaded Watershed Trail in Prior Lake, Minn. Since then, people who live along the lake have dealt with floodwater that has closed streets, leaving boats as the only way to get into and out of homes. “Everybody has a boat that they use to pull their groceries in,” said resident Julie Anderson.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will reopen Fort Snelling State Park after a three-week closure due to rains and flooding. The DNR will reopen the park Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. The parked closed June 22 when the main park road flooded.
Friday morning started out with a significant dose of fresh rain in the Twin Cities, causing a number of problems for commuters. There were some areas where the rain fell fast enough to cause localized flash flooding.
The federal government has released $4.25 million to help repair flood-damaged roads in Minnesota. U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said Thursday that the emergency relief funds would be available immediately from the Federal Highway Administration.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says Blue Mounds State Park near Luverne will reopen Monday after a monthlong shutdown caused by flood damage. The park in southwestern Minnesota was forced to close June 18. The campground, interpretive center, climbing area and all trails except the Mound Creek Trail will reopen Monday.
A passing motorist tells authorities a “boy went in the sewer” and “his mother is yelling for him” during a 911 call that prompted a frantic search for two Iowa teenagers swept into an open storm drain during a flash flood. One died and the other survived.
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton is citing more than $55 million in public response costs and infrastructure damage in a formal application for federal disaster aid stemming from June’s widespread flooding, mudslides and high winds. Dayton made the request Wednesday in a letter to President Barack Obama.
Voyageurs National Park has closed its backcountry for about two weeks for flood damage assessment and repairs. Voyageurs has been affected by high water on Rainy Lake and other lakes that make up much of the park on Minnesota’s northern border.
The floods of the summer of 2014 will be remembered for years to come. But for one area high school basketball coach they are still too real. Randy Carlson and his family lost their home to a mudslide in June. They had to run to escape it. Now, the house is a total loss and none of the damage is covered by insurance.
The “Taste of Minnesota” is underway in a new location. Organizers say it’s been so popular, they’re running out of food and had to call in for more! The Fourth of July festival moved from Harriet Island in St. Paul, Minn. because of flooding, to the Carver County Fairgrounds in Waconia, Minn.
When Minnesotans head to the cabin for the weekend, many worry about break-ins. But it turns out, there’s something more costly to think about. While the average theft claim is less than $2,000, the average water damage claim is more than $7,000. And with rains as heavy as they were this summer, many basements have experiences such flooding.
The flooding has slowed across the state and roads are beginning to reopen. The Highway 41 Bridge over the Minnesota River in Chaska, Minn. reopened Saturday. The state Department of Transportation reopened the bridge, one of the south metro’s busiest river crossings, as floodwaters receded.
It’s been just over a week since Delano battled flood waters on the Crow River. The river crested at more than 21 feet, the second highest in history. Several businesses in the downtown area were forced to close along with a busy bridge. Homes were also threatened by the high water.
The storms have taken their toll on our yards, basements and in some cases, our nerves. But at Canterbury Park in Shakopee, the storms have hit hard in some different ways. In a rare move, they canceled races a few weeks back and then they had to do it again, according to Marketing Director John Groen.
Initial estimates from recent flooding across Minnesota put the public infrastructure damage at $32 million, with more assessments to come that will push the total up. Gov. Mark Dayton and his emergency managers provided the estimate Tuesday. They said it makes them confident that the state would be eligible for federal assistance to offset costs of response and recovery. Flooding damage was seen in nearly half of Minnesota’s counties.
The Mississippi River has forced a lot of people out of their homes over the last two weeks. In the small southeastern Minnesota town of Frontenac, nearly a dozen homes on Lake Street are surrounded by the Mississippi. The river has covered their yards and flooded the street.
Commuters moving back and forth through the eastern Twin Cities metro area will have one reason to breathe easier this holiday weekend. The Stillwater Lift Bridge is scheduled to reopen to traffic at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, July 2.
Teams from the state and federal emergency management offices are headed to four Minnesota counties to start adding up the damage from recent storms and flash flooding. The surveys were starting Tuesday and Wednesday in Jackson, Nobles, Renville and Rock counties.
Finally, on Sunday many people had a much-needed, sunny day to dry out. But the extensive damage from flooding in several parts of the state will take a long time to fix. The process is underway to tally up the damage and see if the state qualifies for federal aid.
Even people who don’t live near a lake or river saw flooding Saturday. There were flash floods rushing through places like the Uptown area of Minneapolis. On many a day, you’ll find Bryan Meyer and his friends enjoying the view from his apartment stoop.