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Photos: September Storm Brings Nearly 10 Inches of Rain to Maple Grove

Sep 22, 2016 06:11AM ● By Wendy Erlien

Street flooding in Maple Grove Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016. (photo provided by Hennepin County Emergency Management)

Editor's note: Updates to the article included below.

Original post 6:15 a.m. Sept. 22 - As the evening of Sept. 21 continued on, so did the rain.

Rainfall had been hit or miss throughout the day on Wednesday, but once a system of thunderstorms moved in around 4 p.m. it continued to pound Maple Grove.

By midnight, the Maple Grove area had received a reported 9.86 inches of rain, according to the National Weather Service – Twin Cities.

While the rain continued to fall, news of roadways around the Maple Grove closing due to flooding continued to pour in.

Around 9 p.m. Wednesday, the Maple Grove Police Department issued the following statement:

"The Maple Grove Police, Fire, and Public Works Departments have emergency crews throughout the city and are aware of the numerous stalled vehicles in intersections and storm related calls. 

Please stay at home or shelter in place at your current location for the duration of the evening until this storm passes and the flooding subsides. 

Conditions at this time are treacherous and life could be at risk if you unnecessarily leave your safe location."

There were several intersections throughout the city experiencing flooding, according to Maple Grove Police Captain Adam Lindquist Wednesday evening, with "one of the biggest concerns" Elm Creek Boulevard/Maple Knoll Way.

Reports continued to come in the morning of Thursday of temporary road closures due to flooding, including the following:

As of 5:42 a.m., MNDOT is reporting that US 169 at exit 29 near Osseo is closed due to flooding. In addition, eastbound lanes of Interstate 94 are closed. The westbound lanes of Interstate 94 are open, however the right lane is closed due to flooding.

In addition, the entrance ramp to Maple Grove Parkway (95th Ave) exit 213 is closed due to flooding.  

As of 5:49 a.m., Hennepin County is reporting the following roads closed due to flooding:

  • County Road 101 at 74th Avenue North
  • County Road 130 at 70th Avenue North
  • County Road 109 at Zachary Lane
  • County Road 116 at Meister Road (Corcoran)
Additional county road updates can be found on the Hennepin County interactive map here. Specific road updates on city streets are not yet available. Conditions of roadways throughout Maple Grove are anticipated to change throughout the day on Thursday. 

The National Weather Service – Twin Cities is forecasting “multiple rounds of heavy rain” on Thursday possibly bringing several inches of rain.

Updated 1 p.m. Sept. 22 - According to the City of Maple Grove, local roads are open except for one area at 92nd and Larch. .

Updated 6:45 p.m. Sept. 22 - Three houses were struck by lightning during the Sept. 21 storm, according to Maple Grove Fire Chief Scott Anderson, one with "serious damage." The storm occurred during the fire department weekly training, he said, so more than 50 individuals were immediately available. 

Two of the fire trucks, according to Anderson, have "significant damage from driving into deep water." The trucks are being evaluated to determine if the engines can be repaired or need to be replaced.   

Pam Isaacs shared the picture (left) taken on Minnesota Lane, just north of County Road 30. Street flooding made their street inaccessible. "We parked at a neighbors and had to walk through this to get home," she shared.



Roni Higgins commented on how the wetlands near their home about a block from Rice Lake Elementary "rose so fast."

Editor’s note: As more information becomes available it will be updated. If you have comments or photos/videos you would like to share, email

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