Eden Prairie House Teetering on Edge of Washed-Out Hill

Updated: 06/02/2014 12:54 PM
Created: 06/01/2014 11:41 AM
By: Megan Stewart

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

Officials say the erosion is in a neighborhood on Burr Ridge Lane and is 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.

Some homes were evacuated around 6 a.m. Sunday after a crane fell and hit a gas line.

More than 3 inches of rain fell in the area, according to KSTP meteorologist Dave Dahl. In Apple Valley, 4.2 inches of rain fell; 4.16 inches were recorded at Flying Cloud Airport, 4 inches in Cottage Grove, 3.83 in Shakopee, 3.7 in Maple Grove, and 3.70 inches in Jordan.

A home in Eden Prairie is teetering on the washed out hill. The home's deck and screened porch were falling off, and the home could be in danger of being a total loss.

Another homeowner, Susan Felix, thinks her house is safe for now. "I hope we don't have a lot of rain anymore. You never know," she said.

Up to 40 homes in St. Louis ParK are being threatening by Minnehaha Creek, according to the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.

The National Weather Service in the Twin Cities said Minnehaha Creek is at 16.88 feet, which is the highest it’s been since 2011, when it was at 16.74 feet in the middle of July.

Photo: KSTP/ Tim Sherno
A picture from the erosion in Eden Prairie.
Photo: KSTP/File

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