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Continued: Water woes in Mankato; state park closes; 100K acres of crops lost in Rock Co.

County Road 10 in Brown County was hit with a mudslide. Steele County residents were sandbagging around public buildings. High water closed roads in Waseca County while straight-line winds badly damaged a home in Albert Lea and the city of Maple Island lost power after a storm.

Flooding also forced the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources to close Blue Mounds State Park and Franz Jevne State Park, along with numerous campgrounds in other parks. The agency is urging Minnesotans to check the closures on the agency’s website before they head out with their camping gear.

“We decided it was in the best interest of our visitors to close the park until repairs could be made and services restored,” said Kathy Dummer, southern region operations manager for the Parks and Trails Division of the DNR.

Blue Mounds has seen more than 11 inches of rain since Saturday. Rising water and flood debris damaged large swaths of the park, including trails and the bison fence, although the park’s herd of 90 bison have weathered the storm and remain in good health.

Meanwhile, rivers are still rising in many parts of the state.

“We’re still looking for another couple of inches over the next 36 to 48 hours,” the National Weather Service’s Schmidt said. “And with that, I think we’ll see some of the main stem rivers at least reach minor flood stage on the Minnesota and Mississippi.”

Minor flood stage usually spells minor flooding around the lowlands along the riverbanks, creeping onto nearby roads and parkland. But rising water could start to encroach on major roads closer to the weekend.

Storms are expected to batter the state through Thursday, when a cool front could spell the end of the heavy storm bands, Schmidt said.

 

Staff writer Paul Walsh contributed to this report. jennifer.brooks@startribune.com 612-673-4482 meersman@startribune.com 612-673-7388

 

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