Cleanup from monster storms goes on with even more rain on the way
WASECA, MINN. – Torrential rains that saturated already sodden ground in this southern Minnesota city overwhelmed storm and sanitary sewers, washed out roads and turned the city's ice hockey arena into a wading pool on Thursday.
School was canceled, the city library closed and athletic fields turned into lakes — navigable by kayaks — after more than 10 inches of rain fell over a two-day period ending early Thursday — most of it overnight Wednesday. "It's pretty much going to be a swimming day," said Waseca High School sophomore Brandon Dahnert.
Waseca was awash, but it wasn't alone. Across southern Minnesota, heavy rain caused havoc, flooding roads and intersections and even forcing highway officials to use snowplows to help clear water off some roads, including Interstate 94. The fresh deluge followed a night of record-setting downpours in many communities.