Another round of storms possible Wednesday, in midst of metro area flash flood issues

Updated: July 17, 2019 12:35 PM

Heavy rain may have only moved through a narrow stretch of the metro Tuesday, however, it was enough to cause flash flooding and other issues for residents.

The Lowry Hill Tunnel in Minneapolis was swamped and parts of Uptown saw significant street flooding.


Meanwhile, heavy rain quickly accumulated in streets and parking lots in St. Louis Park.

RELATED: Flash floods hit the Twin Cities area

Minneapolis Public Works crew members said sudden downpours contribute to already-clogged storm drains, making problems even worse. Crew members asked residents to help clear the drains in their areas. 

However, some residents said they worry that with each storm, they'll see similar issues.

"Since it is such a chronic problem, it would be much more effective not to rely on random people who are able to take the time to dig their hands into the muck and pull it up onto the sidewalk," Uptown resident Emily Percy said. "I think we definitely need better drainage around here."

Those traveling through areas affected by flash flooding are asked not to drive down flooded streets as it can be dangerous and can damage vehicles.

Wednesday, Chief Morning Meteorologist Ken Barlow said humid weather and temperatures in the 80s are expected with the chance for another round of possibly severe thunderstorms in the afternoon.

A flash flood watch is set to take effect Wednesday night until Thursday morning for at least 19 counties.

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