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Posted on: September 13, 2019

Water, Water Everywhere!

PAGE 1 - High Water

Photo:  After a number of unusually wet years, a local pond has experienced dramatic growth. 

As evidenced by high water in our backyards, ditches, ponds and lakes most of us already know this has been a very wet year. According to the experts at the Minnesota State Climatology Office, 2013-2018 has been the wettest six year period on record. The wet trend has continued throughout 2019. The MSP Airport weather station has reported the 8th wettest start to a year on record (January 1 to May 21, 2019). Notable, the 2010-2019 is nearing the historic designation as the wettest in the state’s recorded history. 

The start of 2019 has presented a challenge to public agencies across the state. Continued above-average precipitation coupled with a substantial winter snow pack has led to elevated and sustained water levels throughout Vadnais Heights, and throughout most of the state of Minnesota. 

Vadnais Heights Actions:

  • Maintaining and monitoring emergency overflows to protect habitable structures from surface flooding.
  • Monitoring of water level elevations throughout the City.
  • Ongoing evaluation of long term investments to build more resiliency into our drainage systems.

Property Owner Tips:

  • Do not place yard waste, lawn clippings, branches and other debris in ponds or ditches – even leaves can cause clogging of the system.
  • If you have a sump pump, make sure that is well maintained and that water is discharged away from your home and not directly onto your neighbor’s property.
  • Learn how water moves through your property and remove snow and other debris as necessary to prevent backups.
  • If you notice high water, please call Public Works and we will make sure the drainage system is working as well as possible.

Flooding of a Home or Dwelling:  

  • First and foremost, make sure everyone is safe.
  • If an urgent safety situation exists, please call 911.
  • Then contact your Vadnais Heights to report the flooding.

Flood Insurance:

  • Review your insurance coverage (typically there’s a delay before a flood insurance policy takes effect).
  • Become educated about flood insurance.
  • Find out if your policy covers sanitary sewer back-ups.
  • Learn more about what you can do now to prevent future damage.

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