Waterlogged neighborhood in south Minneapolis pleads for help

High water levels have wreaked havoc in a section of south Minneapolis, flooding basements, turning fields to marshes and causing sewer lines and pipes to break. 

Residents of a waterlogged section of south Minneapolis are speaking out about staggering repair bills for broken pipes, flooded basements and fields turning to marshes as incessant rains have worsened groundwater problems.

High groundwater levels have wreaked so much havoc on one block near Lake Nokomis that crews are now working on their 10th job there repairing the plumbing that connects homes with city water mains and sewers. And quicksand-like soil is raising the cost of those repairs to upward of $18,000 in some instances — or in one case as high as $30,000.

Concerned residents sought solutions from government officials Tuesday night at a community meeting at First Free Church. An array of agencies have been studying the problems and plan to summarize their findings later this year.

“If the homeowners need to all have their homes bought out and move away because Minneapolis is a swamp, then fine,” resident Teresa Engstrom told the gathering of about 70 people. “But don’t just leave us at the bottom of the storm sewer.”

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"Waterlogged neighborhood in south Minneapolis pleads for help"; By Eric Roper; StarTribune; Sept 19, 2019

Keywords: MplsIssues; Neighbors

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