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Frequent and heavy rains across the area last fall caused creeks, lakes, ponds, and wetlands to be at their highest levels in years. With saturated soils and high levels of water already, the ability of the drainage system to hold the predicted higher snowmelt this spring looks compromised.
Once the snow melts, be prepared for extra-saturated low areas in drainage and utility easements. Check your plat to see if there is one on your property. Floodplain elevations or wetlands might be harder to see or find, but are no less important. They function as floodwater storage areas on the landscape. Usually by fall they are lower from summer evaporation and plants taking up water then transpiring it through their leaves. Last fall, though, there was so much rain that storage capacity is low for the spring snowmelt.
To reduce property damage from flooding please keep sheds, equipment, landscape materials, and piles of debris (including piles of grass clippings or leaves) out of low areas.
If you plan to landscape or build on your property this year, please check that your activity will not cause flooding. If your property is located within the Coon Creek Watershed District (the western part of Blaine), please complete a technical assistance form for two hours of free review. If not in the Coon Creek Watershed District, contact the Blaine Water Resources Manager at 763-785-6188, to get routed to the correct entity.