Flood Restoration Companies Help Families Clean Up, More Storms Ahead

Updated: 06/19/2014 9:21 AM
Created: 06/18/2014 6:17 AM
By: Brandi Powell

Have you had enough yet?

Nearly 7 inches of rain, over an hour and a half, in a concentrated area - It's what the City of Mankato Public Works Director Mary Fralish said fell in the area. "The ponds are an issue, because it's taking a little longer for that water to just make its way through the systems, so some of those areas may be flooded for a day or two we're looking at maybe potentially more rainfall and hopefully we don't get it, or flooding could become a problem again."

Flood removal companies are booming with business. Bill Bentz, owner of Paul Davis Emergency Services said, "We are trying to get to everybody but it's tough."

Homeowner Chase Sutton says some of his belongings floated from one room to the other in his basement. "There was a stream of water that came through," Sutton said.

Another wave of heavy rain drenched southern Minnesota overnight, flooding streets in Mankato and causing mudslides that forced the closure of some highways.

The National Weather Service reports around 5 inches of rain fell in the Mankato area, overwhelming the storm sewer system. The Minnesota Department of Transportation has reopened Highway 169, but Highway 66 is blocked by mudslides between Mankato and Rapidan.

Rapidan area resident Jean Lundquist tells KTOE-AM whole fields were under water, houses in town were sitting in water, and the water was up to the bottoms of cars.          

Crews inspected Mankato's flood walls Wednesday morning.

KSTP Reporter Katherine Johnson said one of the problems in Mankato was that there was a lot of debris covering neighborhood storm drains, so ponds filled up and flooded basements. Some public works officials who have worked in the area for 30 years told her they’ve never seen a flood like this.           

Successive storms since last weekend have soaked farm fields across southern Minnesota, raising concerns about potential crop damage.          

More rain, hail and wind is in the forecast through this coming weekend.

Flooding also continues to impact the northern portion of the state. Gov. Mark Dayton made a trip to the Canadian border Tuesday to survey the damage of flood waters in International Falls. Volunteers have filled more than 100,000 sandbags to help save some homes.

KSTP Morning Chief Meteorologist Ken Barlow says Thursday also looks wet, with numerous showers and thunderstorms throughout the day – some with heavy rain. The ground is already saturated, so Ken says that any additional rain will just add to the flood potential in many areas.

Fortunately, we could get a break this weekend. By Friday, the chance for rain lowers and stays that way into the weekend with only an isolated shower possible each afternoon.

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See raw chopper footage of the flooding in southwest Minnesota here.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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