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Closures in place as Cottonwood River in New Ulm expected to crest

March 18, 2019 05:46 AM

Rising floodwaters are forcing road closures in communities across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

On Monday, the Cottonwood River in New Ulm is expected to reach its peak.

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The community, almost two hours southwest of the Twin Cities, isn't far from where the Cottonwood and Minnesota rivers meet.

Water has rushed over the riverbanks and the flooding has become so significant in some areas that man road closures are in place.

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To put this season's flooding in perspective, the marker shows current water levels are about four feet below record levels set in 1965.

Those who live nearby said they are used to flooding but said this is the fastest they've seen the water rise in years. Those who live and work along the river said they weren't prepared for how quickly yards and buildings flooded on Sunday.

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Additionally, they said it was a scramble to get the pumps out and try to prevent damage.

"We had all that water down there and it was getting into the building, I showed you the line, and so we got the water pumped out of there," Steve Kodada, of New Ulm, said.

The Cottonwood River is expected to crest Monday before water levels begin dropping, likely Tuesday. Roads are expected to remain closed until water levels decrease.

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