Shakopee, MN -
© Elizabeth Flores
Mother nature can sometimes be unkind to theme parks forcing them to close and in more serious conditions causing serious damage. The massive storms that hit the Midwest a few weeks ago did cause serious issues for ValleyFair. For a number of days much of the park and parking lot were under water due to the Minnesota River overflowing its banks. At the time, nothing could be done to rectify the situation. According to StarTribune, spokeswoman Robin Stinnett said, “There’s nothing we can do as far as pumping water out of the area. We just had to wait for the water to physically recede.” The concern was that three rides, Renegade, Excalibur and Thunder Canyon, were outside the protective dike that protects the rest of the park. After successful testing and inspection, all three rides have been determined to have no damage from the floods.
This is not the first time that ValleyFair has experienced flooding. When the park was built in 1976, the protective dike was added because of the concern over river flooding. Still the park has experienced flooding in 1986, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2010, and now in 2014. Because of this, all rides especially those outside the protective dike are built to withstand standing water and other weather conditions.