Updated: 07/17/2014 6:12 PM
Created: 07/17/2014 5:02 PM KSTP.com
By: Todd Wilson
The city of Prior Lake is helping homeowners clean up a major flooding mess nearly a month after water crept up to their doors. Barriers, sandbags and pumps are expected to get all the water out within a few days.
The city is installing a concrete barrier on Watersedge Trail. It will be 700-feet long and made up of 75 separate barriers. Each one is wrapped in plastic and sealed on the bottom with sandbags.
Residents are happy this is finally being done, as many of them are still using paddle boats to get from their homes to dry land.
"Finally!” exclaimed Terry Mackay. “I mean, we've been under the water here for the better part of three and a half weeks, so it's important that something gets done."
Mackay and his neighbors went to the city council meeting Monday night to ask for help. On Tuesday, the neighborhood got a response from the city. Then on Wednesday, the city got to work on storm drains, and the work continued Thursday morning.
"If I had to do it all over again, if we did this sort of thing every day, we would have been faster," said City Manager Frank Boyles.
He said the city had to protect its infrastructure first. The impacted homes and properties came second.
Julie Anderson said she’s relieved the city is doing all this to help.
"I'm happy. I'm going to start clapping my hands, because I'm happy," she said.
Everyone involved is hoping the water will be cleared by Sunday.
The city predicts the work will cost around $8,500. They are also hoping FEMA will cover that cost.