City to Pump Flood Water from Prior Lake Neighborhood

Updated: 07/17/2014 2:01 PM
Created: 07/17/2014 6:14 AM
By: Jennie Olson

A Twin Cities community is still submerged, even as flood waters across the rest of Minnesota have mostly receded.

Prior Lake is seeing no relief; residents say they have to take their kids out of their houses by canoe, handicapped residents cannot leave their homes, and emergency vehicles can’t reach the area.

But this week, residents are getting some help.

A community group organized a massive sandbagging effort this week; volunteers filled and 1,300 sandbags while the city started creating a cement barrier wall to enclose the entire neighborhood. The water in the area will now be pumped out, and the road can be reopened, organizers say.

The effort was supposed to continue through Saturday, but we've been told there were so many volunteers this week that they've already filled the bags and are expected to begin pumping the water Thursday night. 

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