As Water Rises, Riverfront Businesses Prepare for Possible Flooding

April 29, 2018 09:57 AM

A typical Saturday night at Dangerfield's Fine Dining in Shakopee showcases live comedy acts in the restaurant's lower level.

But on this weekend, the floor is empty. Chairs, table and decor sit in two large storage containers in the parking lot. Owner Gus Khwice is preparing for possible flood waters to creep into the space over the next week.

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"What we do is remove everything from the lower level of the building," Khwice said. "We move all the furniture, remove the doors, the door jams, the music system, the computer system."

Khwice said in the 26 years he's owned Dangerfield's, the basement has flooded half a dozen times.

"After the 1993 flood, we have learned a lot and we've been practicing defensive mechanisms toward the flood," Khwice said.

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The threat of flood now prompts him to follow the same routine each time: clear the space, spray the walls with a chemical that deters water and wait.

"We are expecting Monday, Tuesday of next week to be the two days that we'll have to watch the flood level," Khwice said.

KSTP's Jonathan Yuhas said the main flooding danger in the state through Tuesday comes from snowmelt along the Minnesota and Crow Rivers, especially on the Minnesota from Jordan to Savage. Flood waters on the Mississippi River at St. Paul and Hastings will continue rising Sunday through the upcoming week with the highest levels expected Wednesday through Saturday.

Meanwhile, fire danger Sunday exists all across Minnesota, especially around the Twin Cities and north to the Brainerd area. And in western Wisconsin, the National Weather Service and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources have issued a Red Flag warning for Vernon, La Crosse, Trempealeau, Buffalo, Pepin, Dunn, Pierce, St. Croix, Polk and Burnett Counties until 7 p.m. Sunday.

The National Weather Service on Saturday issued a flood warning for 13 Minnesota counties and five rivers in the southern portion of the state and the Twin Cities metro.

Signs of minor flooding are already visible along the Minnesota River Basin, southwest of Minneapolis. Fishing docks and walking paths at riverside parks are underneath inches of water.

NWS said water levels on the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers are expected to crest to the moderate flood stage in the next few days. Flooding has the potential to force road closures in some areas.

 

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Kirsten Swanson

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