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.
Communities around Minnesota are watching and waiting for flooded rivers to crest. At least 15 major roads or bridges are impassable right now because of rising water.
High water continues to keep boat traffic to a crawl on Lake Minnetonka. For the past couple of weeks, a lake-wide no wake order has stayed in effect.
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A 14-year-old boy tried to cross a rushing creek in Chaska Saturday afternoon and ended up needing a rescue. He and his friends were near Creek Road, which has been closed since the storms washed part of it away.
From St. Louis Park to St. Paul — sandbags to mudslides– evidence of flooding is all over the metro. “The people who’ve been here years and years never seen it this bad,” said Tharcisse Mulfinger, of St. Louis Park.
A motorist nearly fell into a gaping hole on a southern Minnesota road after the ground beneath it gave way. The incident was caught on dash camera, and uploaded Friday to YouTube by the Department of Transportation.
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.
Heavy rain Thursday flooded the Valley Green Mobile Home Community in Jordan. The water surrounded the mobile homes, making it difficult for residents to get in or out.
Canterbury Park has canceled Thursday evening’s races because of severe thunderstorms moving through the Twin Cities.
Safety experts are urging Minnesota boaters, paddlers and swimmers to think twice before heading out on the water right now.
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