Monday, September 27, 2010

Flooding hits 3 states

More flooding, as predicted at least 20 years ago by climate scientists.

NBC News and news services
updated 2 hours 51 minutes ago

PORTAGE, Wis. — Residents in three states on Monday were dealing with flooding that swamped homes and in one area weakened a levee system to near collapse.

In South Dakota, water levels in the storm-bloated Big Sioux River were stable Monday after up to 4 inches of rain last week pushed the waterway over its banks along a 50-mile stretch from Brookings to Sioux Falls.

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Separately, Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty said Monday he plans to call legislators to a special one-day session next month to approve relief money for people affected by floods in that state.

Heavy rain last week caused serious flooding in parts of southern Minnesota. The small towns of Zumbro Falls and Hammond were among the hardest hit.

In Zumbro Falls, floodwaters destroyed 58 homes and 20 businesses, NBC station KARE reported.

In Wisconsin, some residents in Portage fled their homes after a levee started to fail, sending water from the rain-swollen Wisconsin River onto a major roadway in one neighborhood and threatening to leave some people stranded in their houses.

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