Minnehaha Creek Watershed District closely watching water levels for 29 communities

March 12, 2019 10:43 PM

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is closely watching water levels for eight major creeks and 29 communities between Lake Minnetonka and the Mississippi River.

Tiffany Schaufler coordinates flood preparation plans for the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.


Schaufler told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS computer models and daily consultations with the National Weather Service indicate Minnehaha Creek could overspill its banks with minor to moderate flooding in Minneapolis within the week.

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"The big learning curve for us this year is the heavy snowpack mixed with rain," said Schaufler.  "There could be ice jams that make things worse than we originally predict and we will just keep watching it closely and learn from it."

Schaufler said rains coming through the area Wednesday through Thursday are showing the Minnehaha Creek possibly overflowing its banks in parts of south Minneapolis.

"The information we are seeing shows an inch, or two, of rain ending sometime Thursday afternoon," said Schaufler.  "And, again, like I said we will be learning with these conditions which are not similar to the heavy rains we've learned from in late spring and early summer."

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Joe Biondich told KSTP he will be keeping an eye on Minnehaha Creek this spring because it's just across the street from his south Minneapolis home where it can create problems.

"Maybe four or five years ago we had those torrential rains and it did flood down around Lake Nokomis," said Biondich. "We are a little higher but with possible ice jams who knows what could happen."

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