Widespread rain in the past week has delayed Minnesota farmers who are trying to finish planting. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the rain has left soil saturated and stressed crops. Wet fields also are hampering crop spraying and the first cutting of hay.
The Taste of Minnesota will no longer be held on Harriet Island in St. Paul, Minn. due to expected flooding. According to the Taste’s website, significant flooding is expected on the island and for safety reasons they decided to move the location.
Gov. Mark Dayton visited the southernmost parts of Minnesota Friday afternoon. Areas like Rock County are flooded and damaged after massive amounts of rain fell during the week. Early damage estimates in Rock County are at $3.5 million and the county is 40 percent under water.
The Mankato area was hit hard by flash flooding Wednesday morning, and on Thursday morning the Twin Cities was getting its turn. Thunderstorms with lightning and very heavy rain raced through the metro early Thursday morning, flooding roads and causing traffic problems.
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.
Canterbury Park has canceled Thursday evening’s races because of severe thunderstorms moving through the Twin Cities.
More rain is the last thing many parts of Minnesota need, but flooding remains a major concern. In southwest Minnesota, several inches of rain forced the Rock River in Luverne to completely overflow its banks.
Southern Minnesota got hit the hardest Monday by severe thunderstorms as rains fell across the majority of the state. In Spicer, near Willmar, Minn., high winds tore docks on Green Lake apart. ”Last couple of hours been pretty hectic. I mean there is a lot of lightning thunder,” Trent Churchil, of Fairbault, said.
Authorities say a major sandbagging operation is under way on Lake Kabetogama (kab-uh-TOH’-gah-muh) in far northern Minnesota.
The director of homeland security and emergency management for the St. Louis County sheriff’s office, Steve Steblay (steb-LYE’), says the lake level rose sharply over the weekend. He says crews are sandbagging homes, resorts and roads to protect them. He says a large percentage of the resort and private docks and shoreline structures such as boathouses on Kabetogama are gone or have been destroyed.
Wet conditions are delaying a final planting push by Minnesota farmers. Ninety-six percent of Minnesota’s expected corn acreage has been planted, which is just 1 percentage point behind the five-year average. Soybean planting is 86 complete. That’s 3 points behind the five-year average.
Heavy rainfall at the end of May, and beginning of June, is causing problems on lakes and rivers around Minnesota and Wisconsin. Some lakes have no wake zones, creeks and rivers are showing minor flooding and the swollen Mississippi River is sending a lot of debris down river. On the banks of the Mississippi, the St. Paul Yacht Club kicks off the boating season with an annual orientation.
Officials announced Sunday morning that the Minneapolis Marathon had to be canceled due to weather concerns as rain and lightning took over the Twin Cities overnight. Race officials decided shortly after 8 a.m. that the marathon had to be canceled due to a public safety threat.
Sunday’s beautiful weather is a relief to most of us, but one particular group is really grateful. Farms are finally buzzing with activity after a long cold winter and wet spring, which was a terrible combination for farmers. So, planting is way behind in many parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin.