Weekend Rain Pushes Lake Minnetonka Water Levels Back Up

Updated: 06/16/2014 7:46 AM
Created: 06/15/2014 10:53 PM
By: Tim Sherno

Recent rains are pushing water levels on Lake Minnetonka back near record-breaking readings. The high water has flooded docks across the lake, and flooded one neighborhood on Gray's Bay.

JoAnn Hinnelthal lives more than 100 yards from the usual shoreline of Lake Minnetonka, but high water has pushed the shore into her front yard.

"We are in the lake now. We are on the lake, in the lake and on the lake," Hinnelthal said.

Gary Medin lives nearby and says his property is also waterlogged. "Most of my front lawn is under water... and it's starting to come into my garage. I'm hoping it stays down," Medin said.

Typically, it takes several days for a rain event to show up in lake water levels. The lake was a fraction of an inch below its recent record high, and more of the water from the weekend rains is expected to push levels back up.

Weather forecasts call for more rain later this week.

Minneapolis/St. Paul

68° | 58°
  • Feels like: 61° F
  • Wind: ENE 5mph
  • Humidity: 67%