Weekend Storms Bring Lightning, Flooding and Fires

Updated: 06/02/2014 7:01 AM
Created: 05/31/2014 9:05 PM
By: Megan Stewart

The hazardous weather has caused problems all over the Twin Cities this weekend.

Flash flood warnings were in effect until late Sunday morning for seven metro counties. Homeowners in Edina and along Minnehaha Creek could be seen sandbagging their properties.

Hilary Lane in Edina from Gleason to Valley View roads closed around 11 a.m. due to flooding.

Several inches of rain has eroded the land in between two Eden Prairie homes.

Officials say the erosion is in a neighborhood on Burr Ridge Lane. The rain conditions that began Saturday contributed to the topsoil sliding down the hill, according to Public Works Director Robert Ellis.

The City of Mound is releasing untreated sewage Sunday to prevent wastewater from backing up into homes, officials said.

Rain over the weekend has overwhelmed the city's sanitary sewer system and forced the city to release sewage, said Sam Brungardt, a spokesman for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

A woman watching a youth baseball game Saturday in Ham Lake was hit by lightning and hospitalized after she was resuscitated, authorities say.

Nearby, lightning also sparked a house fire in Ham Lake about 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

A house fire in Burnsville started just after 4:30 a.m. Sunday. No one was hurt, but the house is destroyed, according to officials. The heavy rain and lightning gave firefighters a challenge. Officials said they were not able to use ladder trucks to fight the fire because of the danger of being struck by lightning.

A home on Rosewood Lane in Plymouth was hit by lightning Saturday and started on fire. Much of the damage affected the roof. Officials say everyone inside the home made it out safely.

The Minneapolis Marathon and Half Marathon were canceled Sunday morning, according to a tweet from Mayor Betsy Hodges. It was scheduled to start at 6:30 a.m., but was pushed back due to lightning.

Another round of storms is expected to hit the metro Sunday night into Monday, but it doesn't appear to be much.

KSTP meteorologist Dave Dahl said he expects light rain to linger into Monday morning. He said we should then get a break from the rain before the next wave moves in on Wednesday. 

Temperatures should remain warm even with the rainfall, with highs each day at least in the mid to upper 70s.

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A photo from the house fire in Burnsville on Sunday morning.
Photo: KSTP/Kate Renner
A photo of the house struck by lightning in Plymouth Saturday.
Photo: KSTP/Chris Knoll

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