Minnesota's top political brass is in southwest Minnesota Friday assessing storm damage from the extreme rain and flash flooding earlier this week.
Joining Gov. Mark Dayton will be U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson and Sen. Tina Smith, in addition to Dave Frederickson, the agriculture commissioner, and Joe Kelly, the director of emergency management with the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.
Brown, Blue Earth, Nicollet and Redwood counties in southwest Minnesota are all dealing with flood warnings as the Cottonwood, Minnesota and Redwood rivers are producing flooding of different levels, a direct result of abnormally heavy rain that pummeled the area on Tuesday.
Anywhere from 4-10 inches, even some reports of 12 inches, of precipitation was recorded in Brown, Redwood and Murray counties.
The Cottonwood River in New Ulm is cresting Friday at a near-record level of 19.6 feet, sending water pouring over the river banks and onto some city streets. Luckily, no homes are in the heavily flooded areas, the New Ulm Police Department explained to BMTN on Thursday.
Dayton has ordered a State of Emergency for 36 counties in Minnesota that have been hammered by flooding, damaging winds and tornadoes since June 9.