#ShakFlood 2014

IMG_4466Info on the current flooding conditions in Shakopee. (updated 6/23/14)

Shakopee and many other cities through Minnesota are experiencing flooding. Thursday, June 19, 2014 we had an extraordinary amount of storm water overwhelm portions of our storm water drainage system and flood homes and streets.

The Minnesota River is on the rise and will close all access to the north side of the river. Excited to work together supporting our community and neighbors during this rough month.


Most current updates can be found on:

Main Street Shakopee

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It is critical that Shakopee residents support and promote our Main Street businesses during the closing of the 101 River Bridge.

The MN River is currently expected to crest in Shakopee on Thursday, receding slowly depending on rainfall.

To help with this, I have requested that City Council authorize closing 1st Ave between Lewis and Holmes on June 27, July 11 and July 18 to have yet TBD events for some fun in downtown.

Highway 169

I cannot thank MnDOT enough. They moved mountains yesterday for us. 169 will be restriped today, 6/21/14, beginning at 4 pm to all for more capacity by Monday morning’s drive to work. Traffic on 169 will be reduced to one lane during the work.

Official MnDOT Statement

To say this happened quickly is an understatement. Thank you to MnDOT officials, Rep Mike Beard, Sen Eric Pratt and Governor Dayton’s office for all of your help and scrambled yesterday to get this done!!

The MN River flood has closed all river crossings from 169 south to Belle Plaine. As well, Highway 13 is reduced to one lane in Burnsville. This restriping will allow for more capacity on the Bloomington Ferry Bridge to handle the increased amount of traffic.

As well, we are exploring the possibility of borrowing buses from other agencies to add capacity to our express bus service. Not sure how this will work yet, but we are trying.

We have been in discussions throughout the day today with MnDOT on the restriping of 169 to provide more lanes of traffic and accommodate the increased use of the Bloomington Ferry Bridge.

At this time, MnDOT is hopeful we could get it done but no decisions have been made. Weather (more rain is expected this weekend and through early next week) and contractor availability will play a big part on if/when it can get done.

IMG_4476Road Closures

  • Flying Cloud (Old 212) is open now closed between 101 and Eden Prairie.
  • 169 is open closed between St Peter and Mankato due to flooding
  • MN River at CR 41 in Chaska open closed at to close at 7 pm, 6/20/14
  • MN River at 101 in Shakopee is open <del≥closed at 7 pmto close after rush hour, 6/20/14
  • Expect an extended closing of 101. We are not sure how long the closure will last but there is a significant amount of water coming from upstream in New Ulm/Mankato/St Peter in addition to our local rain. We are internally planning for 6 weeks but could be shorter or longer
  • NB 21 remains closed is open in Shakopee between 16 and 18 by Red Oak Elementary as of 8:30 am 6/21/14
  • CR 16 remains closed between 18 and 21
  • Valley View Drive remains closed is open west of Independence Ave

Water in Basements

A number of people have contacted me who have water in their basements. Some were concerned it was city water leaking from pipes because they haven’t had water in their basement before.

SPUC has been checking many houses for fluoride in the water leaking into basements – especially in the Presidential Streets – and found none.

Lake O’Dowd

There is a Slow / No Wake zone effective immediately on Lake O’Dowd in Shakopee and Louisville Township.

Future Action

The worst of the flooding was the area along Independence from Valley View Rd to 17th Ave. The storm water flows north from the bluff to the south and is supposed to be diverted to the east. However, the rain came through so hard that it broke through the diversion and went through the retention ponds, Green Meadows Park and ended up flooding homes on the east side of Wyndam Drive.

There was also flooding in other areas of town that will be discussed.

Our city engineers are currently evaluating the problem(s) and will be giving a short presentation to City Council on June 24th at 7 pm about possible solutions and what needs to be done so this doesn’t happen again. Everyone is invited to join us at this informational meeting.


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6 Responses to #ShakFlood 2014

  1. Ruth June 20, 2014 at 11:14 pm #

    Crud, water in my basement and it’s never happened before:(

  2. Brenda June 23, 2014 at 8:42 pm #

    Ditto, flooded basement after living in same house for 14 years without prior problems. Big mess.

  3. Karen Spahn June 24, 2014 at 9:14 am #

    What meeting/where will the presentation by the engineering department be? I did not see if on the agenda for council meeting tonight? I would like to listen to this…. Thanks.

  4. Adam June 24, 2014 at 4:13 pm #

    Im wondering if there will be a discussion tonight as to why the city did not provide pumps to remove the water from the backyards on Wyndam Dr?

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