Heavy rain floods waterways, damages homes


Rivers, lakes and streams rose quickly over the weekend because of heavy rainfall, and more rain is in the forecast through Monday morning.

Periods of rain are possible in the morning with isolated thunder, the National Weather Service says.

Areas of the Twin Cities saw 3 to 6 inches of rain between Saturday night and Sunday.

Check out this interactive map for a more detailed report of rain totals.

High water levels and soggy ground made flooding a major concern. On Sunday morning, Minnehaha Creek was at 16.68 feet, the highest on record in recent years, the National Weather Service said.

Lake Minnetonka, which feeds Minnehaha Creek, also reached record levels – 930.56 feet – Sunday morning, which was a 4-inch increase since Friday, FOX 9 reports.

Officials urged kayakers and canoeists to stay off the creek because of fast-moving waters.

The rise in the Minnehaha Creek flooded some homes in Edina and St. Louis Park Sunday as homeowners rushed to place sandbags and man their sump pumps.

The soggy ground also 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 also 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.

The rain also flooded streets throughout the Twin Cities, forcing some to be closed on Sunday. A few confused fish even found their way into the parking lot of Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, KARE 11 reports.

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.

However, the rain didn't dampen spirits at Grand Old Day in St. Paul on Sunday – an estimated 200,000 people took part in what event organizers called a "poncho party."

Severe weather on Saturday sparked at least two house fires in Minnesota. A woman was also injured when she was struck by lightning while watching a baseball game in Ham Lake.

Early Sunday morning, an 11-year-old girl was killed at a campsite north of Madison, Wisconsin, when a tree fell on her tent during a thunderstorm, 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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