Prior Lake Residents Still Dealing with Flooding

Updated: 06/19/2015 11:31 AM By: Todd Wilson

A Twin Cities metro area community continues to deal with flooding weeks after June's heavy rain.

Judy Workman sits in her paddle boat and cruises up Watersedge Trail in Prior Lake.

"If we need to get anywhere to the store, to work, we have to go by boat or canoe or paddle boat to get to our cars that are parked about a block and a half away," she said.

She says it's been this way for more than three and a half weeks.

Workman still has electricity, water, and sewer services, and the sandbags are holding. Things could be worse, but things could be better.

"It's just a real nuisance," she said.

According to the Prior Lake/Spring Lake Watershed District, the most recent lake elevation is 905.8 feet above sea level as of 7 p.m. Saturday. The lake is still under a mandatory slow no-wake restriction.

Workman's neighbor, Julie Anderson, is dealing with the same problems. Her cabin has been in the family since 1964.

"It's really important to me that I can save it," she said.

Neighbors knew that and helped stack two walls of more than 3,000 sandbags surrounding it.

"The sandbagging was physically draining, but it's been more emotionally draining," Anderson said. "Like yesterday, when it was raining; there were a few minutes there I was really upset."

Both women say they lose about 1/2 inch each day through the outlet and maybe another 1/2 inch through evaporation. Workman says she needs it to dip about 28 inches.

"We have the lake coming at us from both sides. We live on a peninsula," she said.

The lake is at 905.8 feet, which is down just four inches from 10 days ago. However, restrictions kick in at 904 feet. Lake levels need to drop below that number for three straight days before restrictions are lifted.

Meanwhile, Anderson says she was told that the road in front of her cabin would be dry by September. Now, officials are saying it could be October.