Scott County leaders assess flooding damage at Valley Green Park

March 22, 2019 10:19 PM

It has been a week since Sand Creek surged in Jordan, flooding homes in the Valley Green Park community. It was days before some people could return home.

“It was something that was historic,” said Scott Haas, the Scott County emergency management director.


County and city crews assessed the areas affected on Friday. They found seven homes had been flooded and 25 others damaged, according to Haas.

“If they do have damage, if they did get water in their homes or their basement, we have a lot of resources available to help them get cleaned up,” he said.

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Haas told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they are still calculating the cost of the damage.

The flash flood was caused by ice dams in Sand Creek, in and north of the city.

“There’s a lot of people that have been hurt and are suffering because of the flooding,” said Haas.

He said the county is working with the city to figure out how to lower the flood risk in the future. It is an ongoing study. According to Haas, one possibility would be purchasing land to divert and store the water away from the city but he said it’s an expensive option.

They are now watching the Minnesota River.

“It’s still coming up at a rate of two or three feet per day,” he said.

They are expecting a first wave of river flooding early next week, according to Haas.

High levels have already closed three important bridges in the county, including Highway 41. The bridge connects Scott County to Carver County.

“We prepare for the worst and hope for the best, that's what we do,” said Deb Paige, the commander of emergency management in Carver County.

She talked to 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS at the county’s new emergency operation center.

“When people get together and brainstorm, you get a lot more information and find out how you should respond,” she explained.

It was quite on Friday but she said they expect conditions to change at any time.

“We’re hearing homes are being impacted, so people who have never flooded before are flooding in their lower levels now,” said Paige. “We do want them to know we are monitoring it and that we're there to help.”


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