With reports of more than six inches of rain falling in some areas during a 12-hour period on already saturated ground on Thursday, June 19, citizens in several parts of western Carver County are dealing with flooding issues.
In Waconia, several ponds are overflowing and spilling onto nearby trails, streets and fields. The aptly named Pond Lane entrance to the Country Ponds development is underwater and the city is pumping water out of a pond near the entrance of the neighborhood in an effort to keep the water at bay. At least one homeowner in the development was seen sandbagging a residence. Nearby Wildcat Way is completely underwater and several citizens were spotted playing in the water. On Waconia Parkway S, a pond by the Prairie Village Apartments has spilled over its banks, covering part of a city trail and the apartment parking lot.
In Cologne, part of Highway 284 was underwater and trees were seen uprooted due to the wet soil. Some area farmfields could be mistaken as large ponds.
More rain was in the forecast for Thursday evening, adding to already wet mess for many area citizens. Earlier in the day, Gov. Mark Dayton declared a flooding emergency for many counties in the state but at that time, Carver County was not included among them.