Dangerous flooding closes roads, forces evacuations in southwest Minnesota

Extreme rain is hammering southwest Minnesota.
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UPDATE 12:55 P.M. 

The American Red Cross has opened an evacuation shelter at the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton, Minnesota. The shelter will be open at the 4H Building, 3048 Broadway Ave, Slayton, MN 56172 for as long as anyone needs. 

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Minnesota Department of Transportation officials have issued a no travel advisory for all of Murray County in southwest Minnesota due to flooding from extreme rainfall totals. 

It began raining very hard in the area overnight and was still raining hard early Tuesday morning. According to the National Weather Service, some locations in the area have received 7+ inches of rain, most of it falling within only a matter of hours. 

"Raining very hard in Murray County again!" the Murray County Sheriff's Office posted on Facebook at 8:25 a.m. Tuesday. 

Highway 59 from Slayton to the Lyon County border is covered and shut down and Hwy. 14 from Walnut Grove to Tracy to under water, the sheriff's office said.

The sheriff also warned residents to stay out of flooded basements because it could cause electrocution "with all the wires in the basement." 

KMHL Broadcasting's Ryan Rohlik tells BMTN that people in the Lake Shetek area say docks on the lake are three feet underwater and people are being evacuated. 

This is a developing story. 

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