Photo: @Melissa_Berman – Twitter
If you have power or access to a cell phone and can read this blog, I’m glad you survived the historic storm that tore through the Twin Cities and much of Minnesota on Wednesday night. Dozens of thousands lost power. Streets across the state were flooded. Last night life came to a halt when Mother Nature reminded us who was running the show.
Photos and videos have spread across the internet showing how dire the situation was, and still is, in many places. Uptown was underwaterstadiums were evacuated, new houses without grass were coping with landslide conditions and the winds were recorded up to nearly 100 MPH.
My neighbors cars are sinking underwater and a mudslide has no grass or driveway yet @WCCO @DelanoMN @WrightCountyMN #delano #tornado #Minnesota #wrightcounty #new construction pic.twitter.com/1NwuFCp2iu
— SammyJ Koza | KOZA Enterprises (@SammyJKoza) May 12, 2022
— John Daenzer (@JohnDaenzer) May 12, 2022
Undefeated Target Field Against Mother Nature
When the chaos subsided, only one place in the Twin Cities stood, following nature’s bombardment. Target Field, with its state-of-the-art drainage system, remains unbeaten by any amount of water that has ever been poured over it. It’s a 12-year streak. Pretty impressive.
Truly a remarkable drainage system pic.twitter.com/DtrjivQiUo
— Melissa Berman (@Melissa_Berman) May 12, 2022
Target Field winning one of its toughest weather tests yet was no fluke. Luck was not part of this winning equation. We learned all about the revolutionary water recycling drainage system built into and under the stadium, when it opened in 2010. At the time, it was sold to us as another green initiative to make hippies happy .
The MN Health Department dubbed it “America’s Greenest Stadium.” What we weren’t told at the time was how well it would weather the elements, when called upon. No one told us that the new ballpark in downtown Minneapolis would be a modern version of Noah’s Ark, if ever needed.
“We deliberately chose water as the resource for sustainability because it is such an important resource for the people of Minnesota, whether they drink it or fish in it,” said Kevin Smith, executive director of public affairs. of the team. “The Twins take a stand on sustainability and put water first.”
Minnesota Department of Health
Green Talks Talk, Drainage Walks Walk
Green or not, many scoffed at the extra expense back then, and stadiums built since haven’t embraced the same kind of appreciation for H2O. I mean, how often will you need a state-of-the-art drainage system? In the end, some things are worth splurging on and some are not. A state-of-the-art drainage system is a luxury, not a necessity.
Obviously, the planners at Allianz Field did not factor flooding into their construction plans. The football stadium across the river, along with much of Minnesota, is still under water and more rain is expected to come. Target Field, as you saw above, was ready for baseball immediately after the storm subsided.
In fact, I don’t know why they suspended Wednesday’s game against the Astros until Thursday afternoon. Last night’s flash floods were exactly what the planners at Target Field had been preparing for. It was their time to shine. Passed test. And after?
Meanwhile, Target Field has already converted tonight’s rainwater into drinking water and sent it to families in need around the world. https://t.co/A0f8Kzp6Dg
— Minnesota Sports Fan (@realmnsportsfan) May 12, 2022
Eric Strack | Minnesota sports fan