Rain, wind causing headaches for homeowners


The sump pumps are roaring throughout the state as Minnesotans try to prevent all the rainwater from flowing into their basements.

Some areas of the state have already seen a month's worth of rain in the last few days, FOX 9 reports. The ground can only take so much moisture, and before you know it that standing water could end up in someone's home.

Water damage repair businesses told WCCO that they've seen a rush to install basement pumps and requests for routine maintenance.

Homeowners aren't the only ones having problems. The skyways in Minneapolis are having some leaking issues:

So is the State Capitol building:

FOX 9 says crews in Buffalo worked to unplug a culvert that was blocked with sticks and debris, which got backed up during Monday's heavy downpours.

FOX 9 also notes that because of the heavy rain and wind on Sunday, a retaining wall in Northeast Minneapolis came crashing down.

Winds also caused some trees to fall and knocked out power for some in the Duluth area on Monday, the Duluth News Tribune says.

Strong winds blew ice off Lake Mille Lacs on Sunday, which blocked the local highway and damaged some homes.

And with the threat of wind and rain sticking around for the next few days, these problems aren't going away anytime soon. MPR News' Paul Huttner says 2 to 3 inches of rain has already fallen across the state and another 1 to 2 inches of moisture is likely by this weekend.

The National Weather Service predicts a wet week ahead and has even issued flood warnings and watches for parts of the state, including the Mississippi River in Aitkin, Crow Wing, Morrison and Wabasha counties.

KSTP says the heavy rainfall could cause some smaller creeks and rivers to rise and create some spot flooding, but major rivers aren't expected to flood in the Twin Cities.

All the rain may be depressing, but at least some people are making light of the soggy situation:

And for those who are really struggling with the gloomy weather, the Pioneer Press has listed six reasons to enjoy this rainy week. Those reasons include comfort food and the May flowers that April showers promise.

All of this rain is also beneficial – it should help eliminate the areas of drought and dryness in the state, although some areas in southwestern Minnesota, which haven't see as much rain, still have areas of dryness, Huttner notes.

And don't worry, the skies are supposed to dry up by this weekend.

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