Hillside collapses in Eden Prairie due to rain; more on the way


Rivers, lakes and streams have risen quickly over the last day because of heavy rainfall Saturday, and more rain is forecast to move through the state Sunday night into Monday.

The soggy ground contributed to the collapse of a hillside in Eden Prairie, KSTP reports. The landslide occurred early Sunday morning in a neighborhood on Burr Ridge Lane, and officials said it's the result of a storm sewer failure. The rain conditions that began Saturday contributed to the topsoil sliding down the hill, according to Eden Prairie Public Works Director Robert Ellis. One house in particular is teetering on the edge of the gully, and has been significantly damaged.

The rain has overwhelmed the city of Mound's sanitary sewer system, forcing it to release untreated sewage into three lakes to prevent wastewater from backing up into homes, KSTP reports.

The sewage is being released at four sites near Lake Minnetonka, one site near Lake Langdon and another site near Dutch Lake, according to a spokesman for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Even though the wastewater will be diluted, it will eventually make its way into those lakes and increase the chance of illness from E. coli bacteria, People are being advised to stay out of those lakes so they don't swallow the lake water and possibly get sick.

There are a number of flood warnings, watches and advisories in effect for several areas in Minnesota, as more rain is expected to fall Sunday night into Monday.

High water levels and soggy ground made flooding a major concern throughout the area – there were reports of flooded homes and streets.

From Saturday into Sunday morning, 2 to 5 inches of rain had already fallen and the National Weather Service predicts an additional 1 to 3 inches is possible through Monday, which could worsen the flooding.

On Sunday morning, Minnehaha Creek was at 16.68 feet, the highest on record in recent years, the National Weather Service said. Hennepin County Emergency Management officials urged kayakers and canoeists to stay off the the water because the creek was moving very fast, WCCO reports.

Residents along the creek in Edina and St. Louis Park have been advised to prepare for localized flooding. Both cities are providing sandbags to at-risk residents, according to a news release.

The heavy rainfall and occasional thunder and lightning didn't just dampen lawns, but also the mood for many runners. Race officials canceled the Minneapolis Marathon Sunday morning.

Some runners decided to run their own marathon anyway, WCCO reports. It's not known if the race will be rescheduled.

Grand Old Day in St. Paul went on Sunday, despite the gloomy forecast. Event organizers were calling it a "poncho party."

The forecast isn't looking much better. Periods of rain, with the possibility of thunderstorms, are expected for much of central and southern Minnesota through Monday, the National Weather Service says.

The weather service notes that drier weather will arrive Tuesday, but additional scattered showers and thunderstorms are expected midweek.

Severe weather over the weekend sparked house fires and injured others. A woman was injured when she was struck by lightning while watching a baseball game in Ham Lake Saturday.

An 11-year-old girl was killed at a campsite north of Madison, Wisconsin, when a tree fell on her tent during a thunderstorm early Sunday morning, the Journal Sentinel reports. She and her father were trapped under the tree, but her brother was able to get out of the tent.

The girl was pronounced dead at the scene, the man and boy were taken to an area hospital with injuries, the newspaper says.

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