Flooding closes streets, causes mudslide near Mankato


A batch of thunderstorms stalled over Mankato late Tuesday night into early Wednesday, which caused major flooding that closed streets.

Nearly a dozen roads near Mankato were closed early Wednesday morning, as flooding led to standing water on some streets and caused a mudslide on Highway 66, the Minnesota Department of Transportation tweeted.

Crews worked through the night to clear roads of storm debris and runoff in time for the morning commute, KARE 11 reports.

The news station tweeted around 6:45 a.m. that most streets in Mankato had reopened. For a complete list of street closures in the city, click here. MnDOT also has a full list of road closures throughout the state here.

There were also reports of water bubbling up through storm sewers, flooding streets.

Deputy Eric Weller with Blue Earth County Emergency Management told WCCO that 4 to 7 inches of rain fell in Mankato and the northern part of Blue Earth County overnight.

The Land of Memories campground also closed due to flooding. WCCO says about 10 campers had to be moved to higher ground overnight. There are also reports of flooded basements.

No injuries have been reported from the storms in Mankato, WCCO and KARE 11 report.

Another round of thunderstorms is expected to develop late Wednesday afternoon and persist into the night.

The storms will likely bring more rain, large hail and damaging winds, though a tornado is also possible across south central Minnesota, the National Weather Service said.

The National Weather Service has a map and listing of all the watches and warnings in effect, and it is updated in real time.

Showers and thunderstorms are expected through the rest of the week in Minnesota with the highest threat for severe storms and flooding existing through Thursday.

A few more inches of rain is possible this week for much of central and southern Minnesota, the weather service says. Because of the already saturated soil conditions from the recent rainy weather, much of this week’s rainfall is expected to run off into the already swollen river basins.

The weather service continues to issue flood warnings for many Minnesota communities, including near the Canadian border, the southwestern and southeastern corners of Minnesota and parts of central Minnesota, which have experienced significant flooding as of late.

River flooding is expected along the Crow River, Redwood River and Sauk River, while flooding is possible along the Mississippi River and Minnesota River.Urban areas and small streams could also see flooding, the National Weather Service says.

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