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Mudslide temporarily disrupts Green Line, raises concerns as more storms approach

Updated: July 18, 2019 07:46 AM

A mudslide reported along the Mississippi River Bluffs near the University of Minnesota's East Bank Wednesday disrupted traffic and light rail service for the Green Line. 

By early afternoon, Metro Transit reported that engineers gave the go ahead to resume transporting passengers. 

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Now, the threat of more storms coming overnight is causing more concerns, including the possibility of mini-slides. 

"What we're dealing with is six-years worth of rain in five years," said Cliff Swenson, with the Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board. 

It's an ongoing problem after a one-two punch of thunderstorms and flash flooding this week.

"It's going to impact both our creeks, lowlands and lakes," said Swenson.

The slope failure is along the riverbank next to East River Parkway. The trail was closed as a precaution along with a section or street between Washington Avenue and Arlington Street. Both will remain closed through the weekend, for safety, according to a spokesperson with the Park Board. 

The swath of wet earth was 105-feet wide and 10 stories above the Mississippi River. 


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"It's unstable, we don't know, so we want to find that out... before we reopen the trail and the parkway," said Swenson.

The abrupt collapse caught the attention of bystanders in the public park. 

"This is what happens when it rains. We're in a place with great differences year-round with the weather. When the environment is impacted by so many kinds of climates, it's expected things would be corrupted," said Emma Orfield Johnston of Minneapolis. 

As of Wednesday afternoon, there were no reports injuries or damage to the parkway, vehicles or nearby buildings from the mudslide.  Experts said bedrock underneath the mud is helping to stabilize the slope. 

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