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Major Flooding Inundates Parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa

Over a foot of rainfall was recorded in parts of Upper Midwest on Wednesday night and into Thursday morning, closing schools and roads and leading to record river floods.

Multiple flash flood emergencies, the highest level of alert, were issued for parts of Minnesota and Iowa on Wednesday night and Thursday morning as heavy rainfall stalled over several locations, first dumping as much as 8-to-9 inches of rain in a few hours just northwest of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area, then spreading into parts of northern Iowa and far southern Minnesota.

Waseca, Minnesota suffered some of the worst consequences, and the town set a two-day rainfall record with 10.16″ of 48-hour rainfall. The town of about 9,000 people located 75 miles south of Minneapolis closed public schools on Thursday and several roadways in and around Waseca were impassable due to the heavy rainfall.
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Greene, Iowa saw 7.50″ of rainfall and brief tornadoes that touched down across northeast Iowa, prompting a State of Emergency declaration on Thursday for three counties. Additionally, Eau Claire, Wisconsin recorded 4.94″ of rain on Wednesday, making it the city’s second-rainiest September day on record and setting a new daily rainfall record.

Several buildings and homes were flooded in and around Waseca and in some of Minneapolis’ northern suburbs, according to WeatherNation affiliate KARE-11 in the Twin Cities.

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Stay with WeatherNation for the latest on this developing situation.

For WeatherNation: Meteorologist Chris Bianchi

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