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.
Every couple plans their wedding with the hope that it will be the perfect day. But flooding at Harriet Island in St. Paul is causing a lot of anxiety for some brides and grooms-to-be. So far, four weddings have been cancelled because of the swollen Mississippi River, and couples are scrambling to make last-minute changes.
All the people who’ve been filling sandbags to protect homes and businesses in Prior Lake, Minn. are now bracing for this rain. The south metro city is experiencing the worst flooding the community has seen in 30 years. Fifty homes on and near the lake have been impacted so far.
The rain in the forecast had one community working together Friday to protect their streets and homes. The water continues to rise in Prior Lake. Streets are flooding and homes are in danger.
Emily from St. Cloud wants to know what happens to all the sandbags after the flooding is over? If the sand isn’t contaminated with floodwater, it can be used as fill for things like playgrounds and sidewalks. But in most cases, the sand is contaminated.
Brick by brick, stone by stone, work continues on the new Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota. But as quickly as the museum building takes shape, severe flooding left a home with few belongings.
A temporary impound lot is now open in St. Paul at the state fairgrounds after the threat of flooding closed the city impound lot. St. Paul police said via Twitter, the lot is at the north end of the fairgrounds. Police are asking drivers to enter the fairgrounds from Hoyt Avenue off Snelling Avenue.
President Barack Obama pledged the federal government’s help Thursday in recovery after massive flooding hit many parts of Minnesota this month, telling a town hall audience near the roaring Minnehaha Falls that they’ll have a strong partner when they know how severe the damage is.
During President Obama’s visit Thursday to the Twin Cities, Gov. Mark Dayton said he’ll ask for federal disaster help. A flood warning remains in effect for many Minnesota rivers, including the Mississippi River. It’s expected to crest Thursday night in St. Paul at 20.5 feet.
Walking up to Newport’s clay levee, which is holding back the rain-swollen Mississippi River, city administrator Deb Hill doesn’t like what she is seeing.
Flooding in Shakopee, Minn. has led to the closure of three rides Wednesday at a popular Twin Cities amusement park. According to officials at Valleyfair, the park has closed the Renegade and Excalibur rollercoasters and the Thunder Canyon water ride.
Minnesotans from all across the metro came to Carver. Minn. Wednesday to help fill up more sandbags. The Minnesota River that runs along the community is expected to crest Wednesday. But more rain in the forecast has people preparing for the worst. The downtown flooded badly back in 1965.
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Numerous highways and bridges are closed across the state as cities continue to deal with flooding and damage from torrential rains. In the metro area, the Stillwater Lift Bridge remains closed to pedestrian, vehicle and water traffic as waters on the St. Croix rise.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman declared a state of emergency Tuesday as the Mississippi River continues to rise there and create flooding issues. It’s the same situation in Ramsey County, and Harriet Island is under water.
Flood waters are beginning to recede in some parts of Minnesota, but the damage will be around for some time. That’s especially true for a Le Sueur family. The Carlsons had to run to escape a mudslide in their home.
Several pumps are keeping St. Paul’s floodwaters at bay. The ever-widening Mississippi River is attracting curious spectators like Barb Stahowiak. “I’d walk here almost every day during the fall flood, I think it was 2010, and it did not rise like this, not at all,” Stahowiak said.
Due to recent flooding caused by days of heavy rain, Waterville in southern Minnesota is mostly under water. “Nobody’s ever seen it, and you can never be prepared for it,” said resident Brian Spatenka.
Gov. Mark Dayton made the rounds of more Minnesota cities along flood-swollen rivers Tuesday to meet with emergency managers and local elected officials. Delano City Administrator Phil Kern told the governor a conservative estimate of damage from the Crow River is already at $250,000, about 10 percent of the city’s budget.
From the top of the state, to the bottom, Emergency Management Director Kris Eide has seen firsthand the damage the flooded has caused. “We thought we’d dodged a bullet,” Eide said. Eide was referring to the fact that floods usually happen in the spring and not summer. She said while the work of previous sandbagging has taken its toll, there is still more work to be done.