City of Prior Lake, MN
City of Prior Lake, MN

Springtime Lake Levels Update March 22

Important messages for this week:

  • Weather forecast for the next several days looks mostly dry; steady snowmelt/runoff expected
  • Lake levels do not rise as quickly as river levels
  • Prior Lake Outlet Structure low-flow gate is open; water is discharging from Prior Lake
  • A new update will be available Monday, March 25

City is following its Flood Response Policy

City and Prior Lake-Spring Lake Watershed District (PLSLWD) staff are monitoring the weather and current snowpack conditions in the watershed above Prior Lake to make sure we are prepared for any potential spring flooding. There is above-average snowpack in the watershed. The Prior Lake Outlet Structure continues to function and release water out of the system. The PLSLWD, the organization responsible for managing the lake outlet, opened the low-flow gate of the outlet structure March 5. According to the National Weather Service in Chanhassen, “…the flood threat is high. The severity of the flooding will depend on the weather conditions for the rest of March into April.” With warmer temperatures on the way and rain in the forecast, City crews will be out clearing paths to storm sewer drains over the next couple days to prevent street flooding later in the week. City staff will continue to keep an eye on the situation and provide updates. (Read more)