Flash floods hit the Twin Cities area

Updated: July 16, 2019 10:35 PM

After a bout of severe weather Monday, more strong showers hit the Twin Cities Tuesday, causing flash flooding in certain areas. 

A KSTP crew also captured flooding at Dean Parkway near Lake of the Isles and Bde Maka Ska. 


Video sent in from Uptown ChiroCenter showed flooding at Lyndale Avenue and 22nd Street. KSTP crews at the scene said the flooding occurred very quickly and has since receded.

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“I’ve never seen anything like this before this is crazy,” said Chelsea O’Brien, who lives on Garfield Avenue South. “I came out here and the whole street was flooded from 24th to 22nd and my car was halfway underwater.”

The high water picked the vehicle up and placed it, and several others, on the curb.

“Just get a hold of insurance see what they can do for me and then move forward,” she said.

Joe Partyka lives nearby and said flooding is common because leaves frequently clog up the one drain on the block.

“It’s always the same process,” he said. “We know the routine, we know to get the rakes out.”

He and a couple other neighbors cleared that and two other drains out.

“This is the worst block,” said Emily Percy, who lives a couple of blocks away. “We definitely need better drainage around here, especially on this block.”

In other parts of Minneapolis, the pressure of the water caused manhole covers to move.

Public Works Director Robin Hutcheson told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the intense rain in a short period of time overwhelmed the system. They had crews out immediately working to find, replace and secure the covers.

She said they also checked several of the city’s 23 pump stations to make sure they were working at maximum capacity. She said crews had to provide minor service to about five stations but by 8 p.m. they were all working at full capacity.

Hutcheson encourages people to adopt a storm drain to help keep them clear of debris.

KSTP Chief Meteorologist Dave Dahl said there is another chance for more rain and storms Wednesday. 

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