Important messages for today:
- Weekend precipitation had little effect on Spring Lake or
Prior Lake and levels of both lakes continue to decrease
- Precipitation in the forecast could trigger lake level
increases; keep an eye on the City and PLSLWD
websites for updates
- The City’s response to high water levels and flooding concerns
will continue to be in accordance with its Flood Response Policy
The City of Prior Lake, in accordance with its Flood Response Policy, has already initiated several flood response measures this year to address high water levels on Spring Lake and Prior Lake. Both lakes remain high due to the recent spring snowmelt event and spring rains. Fluctuating Lake levels can be expected as we see new precipitation work its way through the Spring Lake/Prior Lake system.
The City remains prepared to initiate and deactivate flood response measures as lake levels change and pass certain trigger points. Water continues to leave the system through the Prior Lake Outlet Channel. Lake levels can be found on the PLSLWD website.
Our lakes will be losing their ice cover soon. In anticipation of this annual event, and with continued high water levels, City public works staff has installed the “Save Our Shores” signs at our three public boat launches on Spring Lake and Prior Lake. Boaters are asked to voluntarily travel at slow no-wake speeds as shoreline damage from waves can be more severe when the water level approaches, but does not exceed, mandatory slow no-wake levels. If lake levels increase and a slow no-wake condition is triggered, the City will post an update on its website and change the signs at all launches.
City of Prior Lake and PLSLWD staff continue to monitor local conditions, including precipitation, forecasted weather, and lake levels, to assess flooding risk.
week is Severe Weather Awareness Week. The week is designed to remind and
educate everyone about the seasonal threats from severe weather and how to best
prepare for them. More information can be found on the National
Weather Service website.