Rising Minnehaha Creek leads to flood warnings

MINNETONKA, Minn. - The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District says forecasted rain this weekend could lead to localized flooding.

With up to two inches of rain expected through Tuesday, the MCWD is advising communities about the flooding risk.

According to the National Weather Service, the Twin Cities has received 13.82 inches of rain so far in 2014, 4.24 inches more than normal.

Currently, Lake Minnetonka's water level is 930.21 feet. The MCWD is discharging water from the Gray's Bay Dam into Minnehaha Creek. Due to high lake levels, water is also flowing over the emergency spillway north of the dam, which has an elevation of 930 feet.

As a result of heavy rains this spring, the lake level has been at or above 930 since May 9 and there is no additional capacity in the lake or Minnehaha Creek for more rainfall, increasing the likelihood for flooding in some areas.

Here are some flood safety tips from Hennepin County Emergency Management:

  1. Do not walk through moving water.
  2. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water, walk where the water is not moving.
  3. Do not drive into flooded areas - if you can't see the road you cannot be sure the road is still completely intact.

Minnehaha Creek remains not safe for paddling due to high, fast-moving water, downed trees and other debris, and limited clearance at some bridge underpasses.


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