Prevent Flood Damage With Basement Water AlarmsWhen Minnesotans head to the cabin for the weekend, many worry about break-ins. But it turns out, there's something more costly to think about. While the average theft claim is less than $2,000, the average water damage claim is more than $7,000. And with rains as heavy as they were this summer, many basements have experiences such flooding.
Waterville Residents Hoping Flood Waters Recede SoonDue to recent flooding caused by days of heavy rain, Waterville in southern Minnesota is mostly under water. "Nobody's ever seen it, and you can never be prepared for it," said resident Brian Spatenka.
High Lake Superior Level Prompts Soo Gate Opening The brimming water level on Lake Superior has led a Canadian-U.S. regulatory board to increase the outflow through gates on the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie. The International Lake Superior Board of Control says the flow setting of the control structure at the head of the St. Marys Rapids will increase Wednesday, and it warms anglers to beware of changing flow and water levels.
Folks Across The State Are Holding Up In The Flood FightFrom the top of the state, to the bottom, Emergency Management Director Kris Eide has seen firsthand the damage the flooded has caused. "We thought we'd dodged a bullet," Eide said. Eide was referring to the fact that floods usually happen in the spring and not summer. She said while the work of previous sandbagging has taken its toll, there is still more work to be done.
MnDOT Closes Northbound Lane On I-35W In Burnsville The right lane of northbound Interstate 35 between Cliff Road and Black Dog Road in Burnsville, Minn. will close at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. With all the rain we've had lately the Minnesota River is rising, and workers with the Minnesota Department of Transportation will put up barriers along the east side of the I-35W, near Black Dog Road, to keep the water out.
National Guard Sends Help To Southern Minn.The Minnesota National Guard is sending 20 soldiers to Henderson, Minn. to assist with flood response. Henderson is among the towns in southern Minnesota that suffered damage due to torrential rains that plagued the state over the last week. The soldiers will provide assistance by watching over flowage channels, levee watch and lift stations.
Minnesota Expected To Ask For Federal AssistanceGov. Mark Dayton visited the southernmost parts of Minnesota Friday afternoon. Areas like Rock County are flooded and damaged after massive amounts of rain fell during the week. Early damage estimates in Rock County are at $3.5 million and the county is 40 percent under water.
No Injuries After Mudslide Prompts Road ClosureA mudslide on a Mississippi River bluff just below a Minneapolis hospital narrowly missed two motorists on a nearby roadway. Minneapolis firefighters say no one was injured Thursday night and the hospital on the edge of the mudslide is stable.

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