The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District has begun repairs to sections of Minnehaha Creek in Minneapolis that were damaged by flooding in 2014. The high water caused more than $1 million damage to the six major streams in the watershed.
Over the next several months crews will repair 10 sites where sections of stream bank and trails were eroded by the high water. Seven of the sites are downstream of Minnehaha Falls. The other three sites are east and west of Interstate 35W. The work is expected to be continue through spring 2019.
“The erosion caused by the 2014 flooding had devastating effects on the Minnehaha Creek corridor,” said Project and Land Manager Tiffany Schaufler. “Eroded soil added nutrients to the creek, critical wildlife habitat was destroyed and public enjoyment of the creek was reduced.”
The watershed district was awarded approximately $250,000 for the repairs after applying for funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
Since the flood of 2014, the watershed district has partnered with the National Weather Service to better anticipate rain events and prevent flooding in 2016, 2017 and 2018.
For more information, visit minnehahacreek.org/fema-flood-repairs.