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Water at all time highs on lake Minnetonka and Minnehaha creek

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Minnehaha creek continues to rage as the recent rain caused it to rise a foot and a half, pushing it beyond its banks to an all-time high level. The Minnehaha creek watershed district says the problem may stick around for several weeks as the water drains out of the system.

“We have folks dealing with flooded basements, property damage on their lawns, we have roads that are covered in water or debris from mudslides,” said Telly Mamayek, spokeswoman for the Watershed District. “There are impacts everywhere we look.”

Some see the flooding as an opportunity to kayak in the streets, which the district advises against. Right now, anyone affected by the flooding is best keeping their distance from that water.

“Stay out of the water,” warned Mamayek. “Flood waters are not a safe place to be in or around. You don’t know what’s in that water, a lot of that runoff could contain pesticides or other contaminants.

Lake Minnetonka is currently at its highest level ever, rising a half a foot during our last rain event. It is going to take time for all the levels to recede and it may be early August that actual progress will be seen.

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