Flash Floods Take Minneapolis Drivers By Surprise


ROUND OF SEVERE WEATHER. I’LL LET YOU KNOW WHEN IN A FEW MINUTES. THERE WAS FLASH FLOODING FOR MUCH OF THE DAY AROUND THE TWIN CITIES. M-HMM. AND WE HAVE BEEN IN MOBILE WEATHER WATCHER ALL DAY KEEPING AN EYE ON THE ROADS. AND WHAT DID YOU FIND? Reporter: THE ROADS ARE WET AND SLICK OUT THERE. WE SAW PARTIALLY COVERED ROADS, AND THE WATER CAN BE DECEIVING. THE HEAVY RAIN MADE ITS WAY ACROSS THE TWIN CITIES AT RUSH HOUR. SURPRISING, MANY DRIVERS. THERE WASN’T ANY WATER AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THERE WAS. IT CAME OUT OF THE SKY. Reporter: THESE DRIVERS GOT STUCK ON WEST BROADWAY ON 2nd IN NORTHEAST MINNEAPOLIS. THEY HAD TO WAIT IT OUT IN THEIR CARS FOR THE WATER TO RECEDE. SOME MADE IT THROUGH WITH HELP TO PUSH IT THROUGH THE FLOODED AREA. SOME GUY WHO WAS JOGGING, CAME BY AND HELPED ME OUT. TRAI TO DRY IT UP AND GET MY BATTERY STARTED. Reporter: WATER BUBBLED ON TO THE STREET WHERE KIDS PLAYED AND CARS CONTINUED TO TAKE THEIR CHANCES. OTHER LOW LYING AREAS COMPLETELY FLOODED. IT’S SCARY. MY KIDS ARE AFRAID. Reporter: FORCING POLICE TO BLOCK THE ROAD AT MONROE AT 17th. PRETTY MUCH GO AROUND, TAKE A DIFFERENT PATH AND TRY TO AVOID. Reporter: ALL RIGHT. SO THE BEST ADVICE WHEN YOU SEE WATER ACROSS THE WATER IS TO STOP AND TURN AROUND. THERE’S NO TELLING HOW DEEP IT IS OR IF THE ROAD HAS ERODED UNDERNEATH THE WATER. IT’S ESPECIALLY DIFFICULT TO TELL WHEN SOME STOP LIGHTS ARE OUT, WHEN YOU CAN’T QUITE SEE THE ROAD.

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