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As flooding continues, Gov. Tim Walz authorizes Minnesota National Guard support

The sun finally returned to much of Minnesota on Sunday, but communities across the state continued to deal with the fallout of flooding caused by heavy rains in the past week.

Gov. Tim Walz on Saturday declared a peacetime emergency, authorizing the Minnesota National Guard to help. The Guard was poised to deploy to the southern Minnesota town of Waterville on Sunday morning, where flooding from the Cannon River caused significant damage, forcing some residents to evacuate.

"Flooding has left entire communities under feet of water, causing severe damage to property and numerous road closures," Walz said in a news release. The Le Sueur County Sheriff requested help from the Guard for operations and logistics, according to the governor's office.


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