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Thursday, March 30, 2023

Flash flooding strikes parts of the Twin Cities

On Wednesday evening, rising water surged across some of the Twin Cities, leaving stranded drivers, flooded streets, and damaged structures.

Water ran into houses and businesses along Main Street near 2nd Avenue on Wednesday night, leaving families in Cambridge with a lot of cleanup to do.

By the time our WCCO team arrived, everything had almost dried up, but drivers who tried to drive through had to be turned away by public works workers.

The rain was characterized as being persistent. Flood floods were pouring into Jeff Nyquist’s basement. A water heater was floating nearby when we glanced downstairs, and a filthy puddle was getting close to the ceiling.

The water was running downstairs with the rest of the water that was streaming into the home and that, according to Nyquist, “just the water tank burst loose and the pipes busted loose.”

As of late Wednesday night, the water had somewhat subsided, but the city manager said that when it was at its worst, 4 inches had fallen in a space of an hour to two, with winds of 40 mph.

Flooding occurred at the recently refurbished library as well, but just in the basement. On Thursday, it will have to close while they survey the damage below.

The Calico Moose’s owner Johanna Robinson was interviewed by WCCO when they returned to downtown. She used many cloths and tried all she could to stop the water from entering the house via the front door, which was approximately 5 feet away. Until a light pole intervened, their sign on the sidewalk in front of the store blew away.

Public works claims that although flash floods is common in this area, the severity of this one was exceptional. There have been no reports of casualties, but there have been several reports of stalled automobiles and even toppled trees.

Inver Grove Heights flash floods prompted several drivers to make unfavorable decisions. A neighbor near Blaine Avenue provided WCCO images of motorists clambering onto the roofs of their cars to get away from the flooding.

Multiple flooded automobiles were reported, according to local police. Additionally, no documented injuries have occurred.

By late Wednesday night, the water there had also subsided, but the streets were still a little bit messy.

Cedric Blackwater
Cedric Blackwater
Cedric is a journalist with over a decade of experience reporting on local US news, and touching on many global topics. He is currently the lead writer for Bulletin News.

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