SE Minnesota Inundated with Flash Floods

Created: 06/17/2014 7:33 PM
By: Hannah Tran

Impassable roads, flooded structures, and plains with large pockets of water. Southeast Minnesota got a very heavy dose of rain on Monday. 

"It was a pretty decent storm, it was a good show," said Rochester resident Lara Richards. 

It was a big enough storm to close down a couple roads like the one leading to Oxbow Park. Richards was on her way to take her two kids to the Zollman Zoo in Byron when she ran into a road closure sign that blocked her path.

"We were headed there, but then got to the road-closed sign and decided to turn back around," she said. 

Lara Richards has to change her Tuesday agenda, while meanwhile down a nearby county road, the weekly Farmers Market in Mantorville had to change some plans, too. 

"We had to move our farmers market today, but they got a nice set up down here," said local resident Paul Larsen. 

They normally set up in the parking lot of Mantorville Dam, where caution tape now surrounds the area, which overflowed so badly that a small stream flowed down an adjacent street Monday night. 

"It's been two to three years since we've had that much rain in that short of time," said Larsen. 

Lots of rain in little time, that's one of the main reasons that Southland High School officials say caused a major leak and a partial collapse of its roof. 

"This time it was just so much rain, so fast, on the roof that the drains plugged up and couldn't handle it," said Tim Saaranen, a custodian at the Adams High School.  He had quite the headache within the last 24 hours because of a clogged ceiling drain. 

"Water ran back to the roof, then got knee-deep and it went into the vents in the building then back-drained into all of this," said Saaranen. 

But he says things could have been a lot worse. Material things are easy to replace, while others, not so much. 

Photo: ABC 6 News