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Roads at Wisconsin border washed away by Wednesday’s storms

More than a foot of rain fell in some places overnight, and it wreaked terrible damage on roads just across the border in Wisconsin.

Gaping chasms have been created on two roads in Buffalo County, across the Mississippi River from Wabasha, after severe storms with torrential rain hammered Minnesota and Wisconsin from Wednesday afternoon into Thursday morning.

Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation posted the above picture of the scene on Highway 88, where a culvert washed out and broke off a huge chunk of the road.

ReadyWisconsin posted this picture of County Road N in Alma, just off Highway 37, where another enormous hole was caused by the rain.

An area flood warning remains in place for Buffalo County until 10:15 p.m. on Thursday, with more rain possible Thursday night, according to the National Weather Service.

Counties in Minnesota are also recovering from Wednesday night’s storms.

The Star Tribune reports that roads in Willmar and Olivia in west-central Minnesota, have been left impassable by the rain, which registered 13 inches in Willmar in the space of just 24 hours.

Sump pumps unable to keep up with the water filled basements, and the foundation of one home in the city gave way when a water pipe ruptured, the newspaper notes.

The Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release that more than 10 inches fell in parts of the county, prompting them to impose a “slow – no wake” restriction on all county lakes to prevent further erosion of coastal shores.

BringMeTheNews’ Katherine Bloom took this picture of the roads around Theodore Wirth Park, in Minneapolis, Thursday afternoon.

Theo Wirth Park flooding

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