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2019 Water Levels

Learn more about high water levels in Shoreview.

Post Date:06/05/2019 3:00 PM

Water Level Update

Did You Know:

  • The past decade has been the wettest in recorded history, since 1871.
  • 2019 has seen six more inches of precipitation (rain and snow) than the same dates in 2018.
  • City resources are being directed to respond to high water levels throughout Shoreview.

Rice Street

Rice Street is now open to traffic in both directions between Vadnais Boulevard and Gramsie Road. In mid-July, Ramsey County Public Works will raise the height of a short stretch of pavement on Rice Street to prevent future flooding issues. The project is expected to take about one week to complete. Details are online at ramseycounty.us/ricestreetflooding

Trails

Regional walking and biking trails are also affected by the high water levels. The county has posted signs on trails and has a map online showing closures. The timeline for reopening trails is dependent on weather and water levels. Below are some popular trails that are currently closed:

  • Snail Lake Regional Park area trails, including Grass Lake
  • Tunnel under Gramsie Road
  • Tunnel under Snail Lake Boulevard

Grass Lake         

Grass Lake reached a record elevation in May. New berms built last year are working, but a sandbag dike failed and areas along both sides of Gramsie Road are flooded. The city installed a semi-permanent pump to remove water from the road after minor flooding earlier this spring. The road remains open and has not flooded since.

Snail Lake           

Snail Lake also reached a record elevation in late May. One picnic shelter and the volleyball court area are currently flooded and unusable. Ramsey County permanently closed the beach in 2018.

 The City of Shoreview will continue to work with Ramsey-Washington Metro Watershed District and Ramsey County to track water level conditions and take action when needed.

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