Skip to main content

Roads closed, motorists stranded by overnight rain; more possible on Thursday


Thursday A.M.

The Twin Cities and southeast Minnesota are recovering from a deluge of rain that fell overnight, with motorists abandoning their vehicles as streets flooded particularly in the north metro area.

The flash flood warning ended in the Twin Cities at 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday, by which time more than 10 inches of rain had fallen in some areas including Maple Grove.

But there are still a number of flood warnings in place as of Thursday morning, mainly to the south of the Twin Cities including Waseca, Faribault, Blue Earth and Olmsted counties. A full list can be found here.

The National Weather Service reported on Thursday morning that in the space of 48 hours, Waseca has had 13.91 inches of rain. The flood warnings came after an almost-record wet August left high saturation levels in much of eastern Minnesota.

The NWS said "significant" flooding has been reported in the Waseca area.

Hennepin County has closed several roads because of floodwater Thursday morning, mostly in the Maple Grove/Brooklyn Park areas. You can find a map of road closures here.

The Star Tribune reports emergency crews had to be called in to help with stranded motorists last night in the Twin Cities, with vehicles left inoperable as flood waters came up to their windows.

A mudslide also closed some lanes of Hwy. 81 in Maple Grove, the newspaper notes.

And according to KSTP, snow plows had to be called in by the Minnesota Department of Transportation to push water off Interstate 94 near Highway 169. The freeway was closed last night but had completely reopened by 5:30 a.m., though some ramp closures remain in place.

More rain could be on the way too, with the NWS forecasting potential scattered thunderstorms in the Twin Cities and southeast of the state through tonight – albeit there's a low risk for severe weather – and from Friday through Wednesday several additional inches of rain are possible, "prolonging the flooding risk."

People have been sharing pictures on social media of cars under rain, in some areas being swept up by the moving water. The picture at the top of this page was taken at the Springbrook Apartments in Fridley and posted to the I Love NE Minneapolis Facebook page.

Wednesday P.M.

Heavy rains caused street flooding in the Twin Cities Wednesday evening and more flash flood warnings continued overnight in the metro area and southern Minnesota.

Find an updated list of active warnings for Minnesota here.

Flash flood warnings were in effect late Wednesday and early Thursday from Anoka County in the northern Twin Cities south to Mower County on the Iowa state line.

Some of the heaviest rain and early flooding occurred in the Twin Cities' northern suburbs, particularly Maple Grove.

Forecasters were expecting two to three inches of fresh rain across the Twin Cities, leading to flooding of creeks and rivers but also flooding urban areas where highways, streets, underpasses and low-lying spots could be underwater.

A flash flood watch continues for southern Minnesota and western Wisconsin through Thursday evening, as another line of storms is expected in the area.

In western Wisconsin a number of roads were underwater, especially in Chickasaw, Clark, and Floyd Counties, the Weather Service office in La Crosse reported.

Even before the evening rains, some roads were covered with water or mud, the Associated Press reported.

Next Up

MPD missing Heard - crop 1_

Police ask for public's help finding Mpls. woman missing a week

The 36-year-old hasn't been seen or heard from recently.

unsplash cold winter breath dark

Hello, winter: List of the coldest wind chills in MN Monday morning

The state went from a relatively mild start of the season, to downright frigid wind chills.


1 CWD-positive deer in Brainerd Lakes area, so surveillance will continue

The CWD monitoring measures were supposed to end after this year.

unsplash - visitor patient doctor hospital emergency - crop

MN program will train, hire 1,000 nursing assistants for long-term care

The facilities are facing a severe staffing shortage.

Minnesota State Fair - main gate day 2021

Minnesota State Fair reestablishes a police department

The fair had been contracting with the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office.

teacher, covid, masks, school

Minnetonka to consider removing middle school mask requirement

The school board has been impressed by vaccination rates among middle school students.

snow, plow

Friday winter storm could hit Twin Cities, southern Minnesota

Meteorologist Sven Sundgaard is already monitoring the forecast.

Sauk Rapids Middle School street view, Minnesota - November 2018_

Teen student arrested for threats toward MN middle school

The Sauk Rapids middle school and high school were closed Monday.


Rally for trans child outed during Hastings school board race draws big crowd

Hastings has been in the spotlight since the child's family was featured in a CNN story.

chad davis arradondo flickr

Minneapolis police chief Medaria Arradondo to retire next month

He's overseen the MPD since mid-2017, following the killing of Justine Ruszczyk Damond


Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, December 6

The latest from the state health department.


'Minneapolis, we're coming!!!': Foo Fighters announce rescheduled concert

The previously announced Huntington Bank Stadium was cancelled.


Expect more rain and flooding this weekend

More rain is in this weekend's forecast.