Minnehaha Creek flooding uproots trees

May 28, 2019 01:34 PM

Minnehaha Creek is flooding, which has uprooted trees in some areas and some residents say heavy rains have leaked into basements of their south Minneapolis homes.

Heather Cox lives on Forestdale Road, just west of Penn Avenue and south of 52nd Street. She told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS she was working in her kitchen when things got a little dicey Monday afternoon.

"I all of a sudden heard what sounded like a thunder clap," said Cox. "And, when I looked up and out of the kitchen window, I saw the trees come down across the street over by Minnehaha Creek."

Cox said the creek has risen to levels high enough, in recent years, to flood the street and come up all the way over her entire yard with at least one pine tree coming down as a result.

"The creek is more powerful than you realize, and when it gets high and floods, can do some damage," said Cox. "The trees that just came down are actually three different trees and we were just lucky no one was near them when it happened."

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Marsha Seltz told KSTP she's lived along Minnehaha Creek for 30 years and can only remember one other time where the creek flooded higher than where it is now.

"I was pretty shocked when I came around the corner and saw the trees down and over the flooded street," said Seltz. "The last time I remember it getting to a point like this was something like '86 or '87."

Seltz and a few of her neighbors told KSTP basements in the area were not experiencing any significant water intrusion, but there was some water leaking into a few of the homes.

"My husband has been checking our basement on a regular basis the past few days," said Seltz. "But, so far he has told me there has only been some minor water coming into the basement at this point."

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District manages the creek and its offices were closed for the holiday Monday, but its website said the high water on the creek is expected to continue for the next 30 days, even if precipitation levels are normal for that time period.

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