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Heavy rain causes flooding, brings trees down along Minnehaha Creek

1.83 inches of rain fell at MSP Airport.
Flooding Minnehaha creek

The heavy rain that blanketed much of Minnesota on Monday caused flooding problems along Minnehaha Creek in south Minneapolis.

The creek has been under strain following the significant amounts of rain seen this spring, with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District having warned local residents of the possibility of flooding ahead of Monday's storm.

That warning proved to be accurate, with KSTP reporting that it has led to some leaking and minor flooding at homes along the northern edge of the creek, between Penn and Xerxes avenues.

The surging creek also brought down at least one tree along Forest Dale, as the photo above shows.

Some 1.83 inches of rain was recorded on Monday at MSP Airport, adding additional moisture after an already wet spring and snow-heavy winter.

A spokesman for the Minnehaha Creek Watershed told BMTN that most of the flooding in the creek is happening in Minnehaha Park and along some trails, but notes that some lower-lying intersections also get standing water when the creek overflows.

Flooding along Minnehaha Creek.

Flooding along Minnehaha Creek.

"Following a rainfall, Minnehaha Creek typically recedes within a few hours," said Telly Mamayek, the district's communications and education manager. 

"But given the large amount of water in the entire system water levels are expected to remain high for some time."

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Those living or walking in flooded areas of the creek are advised not to walk through moving water and not to drive into flooded areas. 

The district also says it's not safe to paddle the creek right now, as the Hiawatha Avenue gauge is flowing at 450 cubic feet per second. The district says it's dangerous to paddle the creek when flows are about 150 cfs.

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