Prior Lake Residents Using 40,000 Sandbags and Counting

Updated: 06/25/2014 12:32 PM
Created: 06/23/2014 12:39 PM
By: Katherine Johnson

Neighbors in Prior Lake are sharing a rowboat to get groceries and other supplies back and forth from their homes to their cars parked 50 yards away on dry land.

Five cul-de-sacs are underwater as Prior Lake continues to rise. City officials say the lake hasn't reached this level since 1983, and they estimate 40,000 sandbags have been sold to residents so far. 

It's an area where people are happy to help each other. Boy Scouts and church groups spent the weekend volunteering their time to help fill bags with the sand, which was donated by local business Prior Lake Aggregates, Inc.

Some basements are starting to flood, but for the most part, the sandbags are holding the water back for now. Public Works believes the lake will still continue to rise.

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